Former Red Wings coach and GM Bryan Murray dies at 74

Bryan Murray, former Washington Capitals coach, dies at 74

Bryan Murray, former Washington Capitals coach, dies at 74

Former Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray has died after a battle with colon cancer at the age of 74. "We extend our honest condolences to his wife, Geri, daughters, Heide and Brittany and the entire Murray family on their loss".

Murray has worked at the Ottawa Senators, he has directed for more than two seasons between 2005 and 2008.

The Red Wings released a statement saying the organization was "saddened" by Murray's death while offering condolences to his family and friends.

A native of Shawville, Quebec and one of 10 children, Murray announced that he had Stage 4 colon cancer that spread into his liver and lungs in 2014.

"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 also coached the Washington Capitals, Florida Panthers, Anaheim Ducks and Senators. While his warmth and dry sense of humor were always evident, they were accompanied by the fiery competitiveness and determination that were his trademarks.

Murray joined the Senators in June 2004 and spent three years as the team's head coach before being named general manager on June 18, 2007.

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

"A hockey lifer" seems to be a decent way to summarize Murray's prolific career in the NHL, though it's clear that his kindness also made an impact on many in the hockey world.

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 also behind the bench of the Senators when they were defeated by Anaheim in 2007. 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 past year.