Former Hershey Bears head coach Bryan Murray passes way

Former Hershey Bears head coach Bryan Murray passes way

Bryan Murray, a longtime National Hockey League coach and general manager who helped turn around the Washington Capitals and took the Ottawa Senators to the Stanley Cup Final, has died at 74. He also coached the Red Wings, Panthers, Ducks and Senators, the latter of which he guided to the Stanley Cup finals in 2007.

"Bryan Murray's strength and character were reflected in the teams he coached and the teams he built over decades of front office excellence". "While his warmth and dry sense of humor were always evident, they were accompanied by the fiery competitiveness and determination that were his trademarks".

There hasn't been a lot of newsworthy items in Sensland of late, and it is with a heavy heart that we learned of the passing of Bryan Murray at the age of 74.

Murray, who eventually made peace with the Panthers after he and his brother Terry were fired in 2000, died on Saturday after a long bout with colon cancer.

The next season Murray led the Senators back into the playoffs, where they tore through the first three rounds in five games before losing in five in the Cup final to Anaheim, his former team.

Murray was general of the Ducks when they reached the Stanley Cup Finals in 2003 and the franchise remembered him on Saturday.

"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.

Bryan Murray is survived by his wife, Geri, and their daughters, Heide and Brittany.

He last coached in 2007-08 and was Ottawa's GM until stepping down to an advisory capacity last season because of his health.

The Anaheim Ducks family mourns the loss of Bryan Murray, who passed away this morning. The following season Murray coached 13 games for the Bears before being promoted to the Washington Capitals' head coaching job, taking over for Gary Green.

"Let's go to extra overtime and keep playing like the game we played against the Islanders many years ago and we went to four overtime periods", Murray said at the time. But Bryan's legacy goes far beyond his success on the ice, including his courageous fight with cancer and countless contributions to the communities he served.

The Capitals had not been to the playoffs in their first eight years of existence before making seven consecutive postseason trips under Murray. The next year, after leading Washington to its first 100-point season and first playoff series win, Murray won the Jack Adams Trophy as the NHL's coach of the year. Bryan devoted an incredible life to the sport, and his presence will be deeply missed.

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