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Former Hershey Bears head coach Bryan Murray passes way

13 August 2017, 01:23 | Charlene Valdez

Former Hershey Bears head coach Bryan Murray passes way

Former Hershey Bears head coach Bryan Murray passes way

Bryan Murray, an NHL coaching giant known for his rapier wit, acute hockey sense and, ultimately, courage in his fight against cancer, has died. Murray passed away on Saturday at the age of 74 after battling colon cancer.

He coached one final season in 2007-08, finishing with a record of 620 wins, 465 losses, 131 ties and 23 overtime losses.

Murray served in the dual role of coach and GM for three seasons in Detroit before spending one more year as GM after Bowman became coach. 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.

After stints as coach, general manager or both in Detroit, Florida and Anaheim, Murray took over behind the bench in Ottawa for the 2005-06 season. He also served as GM for the Red Wings, Panthers, Ducks and Senators.

Murray led the Ottawa Senators to a Stanley Cup Final appearance the year after in 2006-07. A year later, he and the Senators clinched a berth to the Stanley Cup Final before losing in five games to the Ducks. "The National Hockey League family sends our deepest condolences, comfort and support to Bryan's family, his many friends and all whose lives he influenced".

Murray was born in Shawville, Quebec, attending Macdonald College and working as a gym teacher and a motel operator. 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. But in 1990, with the team struggling, Murray was sacked and replaced by his brother, Terry. Former player Craig Laughlin described Murray as a players' coach with an old-school approach and a knack for managing personalities.


Murray died Saturday according to the Ottawa Senators, where he had most recently been working as a special assistant to general manager Pierre Dorion.

Playing hockey growing up, Murray never played professionally.

After six and a half years with the Panthers Murray was let go as general manager, but like so many times before he quickly rebounded and landed in Anaheim as head coach of the Ducks. He also coached the team in the 1997-98 season.

This past season the Senators made Murray the first inductee into their Ring of Honour.

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. "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".



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