Murray was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer three years ago. Although the Senators had the superstar power of Daniel Alfredsson, Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza on their roster that year with all three finishing with more than 90 points, Murray's coaching abilities still played a huge factor on their spectacular season. He won the Jack Adam's Trophy while coaching them in 1983-84. His nephew, Tim, spent time in the Ducks organization and served as Buffalo's GM from 2014-17.
"As we mourn Bryan's passing, we celebrate his many contributions to the game - as well as his courage". He also coached the Senators to the Stanley Cup Final in 2007 and was inducted into the Sens' Ring of Honour in January.
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. In Murray's four years behind the Senators bench, he led the franchise to four consecutive playoff berths.
David Poile, the former Washington and current Nashville general manager, said Murray's teaching background made him a natural for coaching.
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Murray last coached in 2007-08.
Murray, a native of Shawville, Quebec, had record of 620-465-23 coaching record with 131 ties in 17 National Hockey League seasons, and won the Jack Adams Award as coach of the year with the Capitals in 1983-84, guiding them to a 48-27-5 record. He said Bryan Murray was as complete a hockey man as there is. "The Bears organization offers its thoughts and sympathies to Bryan's family during this time".
"He is a top 10 coach, a top 10 GM and he could have been a top 10 talent evaluator if that's the role he had have wanted to take, except that he loved coaching so much", Tim Murray, who was sacked by the Sabres in April, said.
Most recently, the native of Shawville, Quebec was serving as a special advisor to Ottawa GM Pierre Dorion after stepping down from that position in April 2016. "Sometimes as hockey people we feel a little invincible and we don't always want to talk about this kind of thing, but maybe we need to change that".
Murray would spend the better part of nine seasons with the Capitals.
"The ultimate achievement in sport is to be recognized at the very top of the game and I know that winning a Cup is the ultimate goal for all of us and it's a great achievement, but I think when you help develop people, influence people, do things for the game, in the game, be involved in your community those are all things that are ... maybe just as important", he said.