Former coach, GM Murray dies at 74

Ottawa Senators' Bryan Murray and incoming general manager Pierre Dorion look on during a press conference announcing that Murray was stepping down as general manager Sunday

Former coach, GM Murray dies at 74

Long-time hockey executive and coach Bryan Murray has died at the age of 74.

"Bryan was one of the greatest men that the game of hockey has ever known and also a great father, mentor and teacher", Ottawa owner Eugene Melnyk told the Senators website.

Murray is surived by his wife, Geri, and daughters Heide and Brittany.

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 was inducted into the Senators' Ring of Honour this past January.

In November of 2014, Murray revealed he had Stage 4 colon cancer, and that the disease had spread to his lungs and liver.

"Bryan Murray's strength and character were reflected in the teams he coached and the teams he built over decades of front office excellence", Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement.

Murray began coaching with the Washington Capitals in the 1981-82 season, and was with the team until being fired midway through the 1989-90 campaign and replaced by his bother Terry.

As coach, Murray took the Ottawa Senators to the Stanley Cup Final in 2007. While his warmth and dry sense of humor were always evident, they were accompanied by the fiery competitiveness and determination that were his trademarks.

In a statement released by National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman, Bettman called that "we celebrate his many contributions to the game".

Murray stepped down as the team's GM past year to battle the disease, becoming a senior hockey advisor for the Senators.

"We have high profiles", Murray said at a 2015 dinner held in his honor. His contribution has allowed him to become the first member of the history of the Circle of honor of the Senators at the end of the a year ago. It has also been at the helm of the Panthers in Florida and the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. "So if you can help, whether through a message you make or through your organization to help people, there's so many people affected, so many young people affected".

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