Former Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray passes away at age 74

Former Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray passes away at age 74”

Sources confirm to CTV News that Bryan Murray has died Saturday morning following a battle with colon cancer.

Murray, 74, was diagnosed with colon cancer in November 2014 but didn't allow it to take control.

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.

He won the Jack Adams Award as National Hockey League coach of the year with the Capitals in 1983-84 and reached the Stanley Cup Final with the Senators 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", Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement.

In January, he became the first member of the Senators Ring of Honor.

Senators owner Eugene Melnyk released the following statement: "Bryan was one of the greatest men that the game of hockey has ever known and also a great father, mentor and teacher". Our condolences go out to his family and friends for their loss.

Playing hockey growing up, Murray never played professionally.

Murray is surived by his wife, Geri, and daughters Heide and Brittany.

But with playoff appearances came the playoff disappointments that now are standard in Washington and, after the Capitals won just 18 of their first 46 games in the 1989-90 season, they fired Murray and replaced him with his brother, Terry, causing some consternation in a family that included 10 brothers and sisters.

Murray is credited with helping launch the careers of the likes of Chuck Fletcher, Doug MacLean, Tim Murray, his nephew, and David Poile. His contribution has allowed him to become the first member of the history of the Circle of honor of the Senators at the end of the previous year.

He was also behind the bench of the Senators when they were defeated by Anaheim in 2007. "I think we have an obligation to give any advice or any help that we can".

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