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Gary Bettman releases statement on passing of Bryan Murray

Gary Bettman releases statement on passing of Bryan Murray

After his stints with the Capitals, Red Wings and Panthers, Murray coached the Mighty Ducks, then oversaw their run to the Stanley Cup finals in 2003 as general manager.

"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. Bryan's contributions to the game of hockey were outstanding, from his impact in Washington to his more recent service as a senior hockey advisor with the Ottawa Senators. Murray posted a 124-91-29 record in three seasons as the team's head coach and captured a Norris Division title in 1991-92.

With all of Murray's hard work and success he brought to the Senators organization as coach and general manager, the city of Ottawa, Sens fans and management will never forget Bryan's achievements. He was inducted into the Senators Ring of Honor on January 24.

Murray announced in 2014 that he had Stage 4 colon cancer that had spread to his liver and lungs.

Known throughout the hockey world for his quick, acerbic wit, sharp eye for talent and vast knowledge of the game, Murray also had tremendous communication skills and put those to use after his cancer diagnosis in imploring people to get a colonoscopy. Prior to the 2016 season, he stepped down as Senators GM to take on an advisory role in the organization during his treatment. Coaching was his first love. "I really think that if there's such a thing as what you're born for, I think Bryan was born for coaching". "He was behind the bench for the Bears in 1980-81 and quickly established himself as one of hockey's great coaches".

Not only was it a sad day for the Panthers, but for the rest of hockey as well. Shortly after, Murray became the GM of the Ducks from 2002-2004. "When I left [Detroit], I felt very good about that".

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"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.

"We watch London play Plymouth in the playoffs and (Bryan Murray) watches Corey Perry".

"Don't know why you're calling me", he'd say drily over the phone. This guy is going to be a star.' He just had that ability to see players right away.

Murray coached the Senators to the 2007 Stanley Cup Final, losing to the Ducks in five games. He also took his teams to the playoffs 12 times and, in 2007, became the fifth National Hockey League coach to reach 600 victories.

Murray also coached the team for a time. Murray led the Senators to the 2007 Stanley Cup finals, where they lost in five games to the Anaheim Ducks. "He will be forever remembered by all he touched". Bryan shaped the lives and careers of countless players. He won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's top coach in 1983-84 after leading Washington to the first of three straight 100-point seasons.

The Capitals had led a miserable NHL existence over their first years in the league before they promoted Murray from Hershey of the American Hockey League early in the 1981-82 season.