Former Regina Pats head coach Bryan Murray passes away at 74

Former Senators general manager Bryan Murray passes away at age 74

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

"Bryan Murray was a great teammate and very important to this franchise in its early days".

Murray coached the Red Wings from 1990-93, compiling a 124-91-29 record and leading the Red Wings to the 1991-92 Norris Division championship.

"The consummate professional. That's what he was".

"Bryan was one of the greatest men that the game of hockey has ever known, and also a great father, mentor and teacher", Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said in a statement. 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. He also served as general manager in Anaheim and Detroit and coached in Washington, Detroit, Anaheim and Ottawa.

"The Bears are saddened to hear of the passing of former head coach Bryan Murray", the team said in a statement.

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

But the Red Wings won just one playoff series under Murray - beating Minnesota in 1992 - and he was replaced by Scotty Bowman after Detroit was ousted by Toronto in seven games during the first round in 1993 after winning the first two games.

Murray was 74 years old. "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 has acted for some time as DG of the last three organizations.

The Anaheim Ducks family mourns the loss of Bryan Murray, who passed away this morning. 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.

Murray's younger brother Terry, 67, coached the Panthers from 1998-2001.

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

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