Gary Bettman releases statement on passing of Bryan Murray


Not only was Bryan Murray recognized for his work by Sens fans, he was known for his work league wide. In 2014, he announced he was undergoing treatment for Stage 4 colon cancer.

Murray also coached the team for a time. "He won 620 games as an National Hockey League head coach and led three teams to the Stanley Cup Final, including 2003, when he served as the architect of our wonderful run".

"Bryan Murray was a great teammate and very important to this franchise in its early days".

"The consummate professional. That's what he was". "My best wishes, thoughts and prayers go out to his family", Panthers special adviser and alternate governor Bill Torrey said in a statement Saturday.

He was hired as coach and general manager in 1990 after the Red Wings missed the playoffs and GM Jimmy Devellano was reassigned as senior vice president while Jacques Demers was sacked as head coach. A year later, he and the Senators clinched a berth to the Stanley Cup Final before losing in five games to the Ducks. "While his warmth and dry sense of humour were always evident, they were accompanied by the fiery competitiveness and determination that were his trademarks".

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

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's brother, Terry, also coached four teams including the Kings for three-plus seasons.

During his final two seasons behind the bench, Murray became the first Red Wings coach since Tommy Ivan (1950-51, 1951-52) to produce back-to-back 40-win seasons.

Murray was the second general manager in team history, taking over for Bobby Clarke after the inaugural season ended in 1994 and oversaw a Florida team which shocked the sports world by making it to the Finals in just its third year of existence.

Murray last coached in 2007-08. 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. Murray said he wanted his legacy to be cancer awareness.

He also previously had head coaching stints with the Washington Capitals, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers and Anaheim Ducks.