Former Senators GM Murray dies at 74

Cheryl Sanders
August 13, 2017

Murray was a 620-465-23 coaching record with 131 ties in 17 National Hockey League seasons.

"As we mourn Bryan's passing, we celebrate his many contributions to the game - as well as his courage".

Murray coached the Red Wings from 1990-93, compiling a 124-91-29 record and leading the Red Wings to the 1991-92 Norris Division championship.

The next season Murray led the Senators back into the playoffs, where they tore through the first three rounds in five games before losing in five in the Cup final to Anaheim, his former team.


The Red Wings organization would like to extend its deepest condolences to the Ottawa Senators organization and all of Murray's family and friends during this most hard time.

Murray also coached the Washington Capitals, Florida Panthers, Anaheim Ducks and Senators.

Murray served in the dual role of coach and GM for three seasons in Detroit before spending one more year as GM after Bowman became coach.

Murray, who eventually made peace with the Panthers after he and his brother Terry were fired in 2000, died on Saturday after a long bout with colon cancer.


Things changed for good in 1982-83, the first season Murray was paired with General Manager David Poile.

On January 24, Murray was inducted into the Senators Ring of Honour; he's also a member of the organization's Hall of Fame.

Bryan Murray is survived by his wife, Geri, and their daughters, Heide and Brittany. Although the Senators had the superstar power of Daniel Alfredsson, Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza on their roster that year with all three finishing with more than 90 points, Murray's coaching abilities still played a huge factor on their spectacular season.

It says a lot when such a wide variety of people share their thoughts on a person's life, and it's apparent that Murray made many great impressions during his decades of work in the sport. When his fellow GMs honored him at their annual March meeting in 2015, nephew Tim Murray and others said they went to get a colonoscopy after learning about Bryan's diagnosis. After Jim Devellano was promoted to vice president of the Red Wings in 1990, Bryan Murray was named general manager and the pair presided over NHL Entry Drafts that saw the organization add several key components to the team's Stanley Cup championships in 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2008, including Slava Kozlov (1990), Martin Lapointe (1991), Chris Osgood (1991) and Darren McCarty (1992). But Bryan's legacy goes far beyond his success on the ice, including his courageous fight with cancer and countless contributions to the communities he served. In seven full seasons with Washington, Bryan led the team to the playoffs each year, and won the Jack Adams Award in 1984. "We offer our condolences to the Murray family, friends, staff, players and all those whom he touched throughout his storied career".


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