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Gary Bettman releases statement on passing of Bryan Murray

Gary Bettman releases statement on passing of Bryan Murray

Former Detroit Red Wings general manager and head coach Bryan Murray has passed away from cancer at the age of 74. He then moved on to the AHL Hershey Bears, first as an assistant, then a head coach, before he was promoted to the NHL Washington Capitals in 1981.

But with playoff appearances came the playoff disappointments that now are standard in Washington and, after the Capitals won just 18 of their first 46 games in the 1989-90 season, they fired Murray and replaced him with his brother, Terry, causing some consternation in a family that included 10 brothers and sisters. Beginning with his first full season behind the Washington bench, the club had winning records and averaged 95 points per season over the next seven years.

Murray coached for 18 seasons in the National Hockey League with the Capitals, Detroit Red Wings, Panthers, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and the Senators.

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

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.

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

After breaking into coaching - only on a part-time basis - with the Pembroke Lumber Kings of the Central Junior Hockey League, Murray was offered a head coaching role with the Western Hockey League's Regina Pats. He was beloved in the hockey community will be missed. "My thoughts and prayers are with his family who I was lucky to meet many of and spend time with".

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After being relieved of his duties in Detroit, Murray was quickly back at work being named the Florida Panthers general manager in August 1994.

Murray spent one year behind the bench with the Ducks before taking on the role of general manager.

As coach, Murray took the Ottawa Senators to the Stanley Cup Final in 2007.

"Bryan, by education, is and was, a teacher", Poile said in 2015. "He wanted what was best for you as a person".

"Bryan Murray was a great teammate and very important to this franchise in its early days". "Sometimes as hockey people we feel a little invincible and we don't always want to talk about this kind of thing, but maybe we need to change that".

This past season the Senators made Murray the first inductee into their Ring of Honour. "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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