Longtime NHL coach, GM Bryan Murray dead at 74

Gary Bettman releases statement on passing of Bryan Murray

Former Red Wings coach Bryan Murray dies of cancer at 74

The Detroit Red Wings are saddened to learn of the passing of Bryan Murray, a deeply-respected staple in the National Hockey League community for 35 years and former head coach (1990-93) and general manager (1990-94) of the Red Wings. He also coached the Senators to the Stanley Cup Final in 2007 and was inducted into the Sens' Ring of Honour in January.

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 announced that he was battling Stage 4 colon cancer in November 2014.

The Senators confirmed Murray's death in a release Saturday.

One of the most respected and well-liked figures in hockey, Murray most recently served as general manager of the Senators from 2007-2016 before stepping down, citing health and family concerns.

The Anaheim Ducks family mourns the loss of Bryan Murray, who passed away this morning. "As both head coach and general manager of the team (2001-2004), Bryan led our organization with class, dignity and charisma".

Murray coached 18 seasons with the Capitals, Red Wings, Panthers, Ducks and Senators, and his 620 wins are 12th all-time among league coaches.

"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". Let our thoughts be with his family today through this rough time. He also coached the team in the 1997-98 season.

"While his warmth and dry sense of humor were always evident, they were accompanied by the fiery competitiveness and determination that were his trademarks, " Bettman said.

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.

After beginning his front-office career in the WHL and AHL, Murray became head coach of the Washington Capitals in 1981-82, where he stayed until 1989-90.

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. "We extend our honest condolences to his wife, Geri, daughters, Heide and Brittany and the entire Murray family on their loss".

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