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Former Regina Pats head coach Bryan Murray passes away at 74

Former Regina Pats head coach Bryan Murray passes away at 74

He spent more than 30 years in the National Hockey League with the Capitals, Red Wings, Panthers, Ducks and Senators. It has also been at the helm of the Panthers in Florida and the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. "While his warmth and dry sense of humour were always evident, they were accompanied by the fiery competitiveness and determination that were his trademarks".

There hasn't been a lot of newsworthy items in Sensland of late, and it is with a heavy heart that we learned of the passing of Bryan Murray at the age of 74. In 2014, he was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer that had spread to his liver.

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.

In 17 seasons as a head coach, Murray had a 620-465-131-23 record, won three division titles and guided the Senators to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2007, when they lost a five-game series to Anaheim.

Ironically, it was Getzlaf and Perry as promising second-year players that would help deny Murray a Cup in 2007 when the Ducks won in five games with the personable, competitive coach behind the Senators bench.

Said Sens owner Eugene Melnyk: "Bryan was one of the greatest men that the game of hockey has ever known and also a great father, mentor and teacher". "We extend our honest condolences to his wife, Geri, daughters, Heide and Brittany and the entire Murray family on their loss".

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Murray was a hockey lifer, involved in the game at all kinds of levels, from coach to GM to coach to GM, to hockey advisor.

During his final two seasons behind the bench, Murray became the first Red Wings coach since Tommy Ivan (1950-51, 1951-52) to produce back-to-back 40-win seasons.

Abe Pollin had never met Bryan Murray before he hired him to be the Washington Capitals' eighth coach in eight seasons.

David Poile, the former Washington and current Nashville general manager, said Murray's teaching background made him a natural for coaching.

Murray stepped down as the team's GM a year ago to battle the disease, becoming a senior hockey advisor for the Senators.

The Senators confirmed Murray's death in a release Saturday. But Bryan's legacy goes far beyond his success on the ice, including his courageous fight with cancer and countless contributions to the communities he served. Murray made the playoffs in 12 of his 13 full seasons as head coach. Bryan devoted an incredible life to the sport, and his presence will be deeply missed. "We offer our condolences to the Murray family, friends, staff, players and all those whom he touched throughout his storied career".