Former Senators GM Bryan Murray dies at 74

Former Senators GM Bryan Murray dies at 74

The Ottawa Senators announced Saturday that former general manager and head coach Bryan Murray 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", Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said in a statement.

The native of Shawville was suffering from colon cancer for a few years and was revealed in November 2014 that her illness was incurable.

Murray will be missed, and not just by family members and the Senators franchise.

Murray was also Ottawa's head coach from 2005-06 through 2007-08, leading the team to the Stanley Cup Final in 2007.

In a statement released by National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman, Bettman called that "we celebrate his many contributions to the game". "While his warmth and dry sense of humour were always evident, they were accompanied by the fiery competitiveness and determination that were his trademarks". "We extend our honest condolences to his wife, Geri, daughters, Heide and Brittany and the entire Murray family on their loss".

Murray coached the Senators to the Stanley Cup Final in 2007; they lost to the Ducks in five games.

Most recently, Murray served as a special adviser to Senators GM Pierre Dorion after stepping down as Ottawa GM in April 2016 to focus on his health and to spend time with his family.

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. It has also been at the helm of the Panthers in Florida and the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

He spent the rest of his life as an advocate for cancer awareness. He would later earn NHL Executive of the Year honors in that same season. "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".