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13 August, 2017, 08:11 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
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In November of 2014, he announced that the cancer had spread and that "there is no cure.at this point".

Longtime NHL coach and general manager Bryan Murray, the GM of the Florida Panthers during their Stanley Cup Finals season, has died at 74.

"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.

Murray coached the Senators to the 2007 Stanley Cup Final, losing to the Ducks in five games.

Before entering the National Hockey League as the head coach of the Washington Capitals in 1981, Murray spent one season behind the bench of the Regina Pats. Under his leadership, the Capitals saw the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.

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. He was beloved in the hockey community will be missed. "He was just an unbelievable guy where as a player you could sit down and have a beer with your coach and talk hockey, talk family, talk sports, talk anything and he was a guy that was there for you". There are a lot of really good GMs.

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.

Murray was the head coach of the Bears in 1980-81, helping lead Hershey to a playoff appearance.

Murray took over as GM of the Senators in 2007, replacing the fired John Muckler. He worked in the league in some capacity for 35 consecutive seasons.

Trading barbs with referees was a particular habit of Murray's, though it had a goal. They had just one victory when he took over.

Murray stepped down as the team's GM previous year to battle the disease, becoming a senior hockey advisor for the Senators. The Senators instead this time would end up beating the Buffalo Sabres in five games to secure their spot in the Cup Final.

"Let's go to extra overtime and keep playing like the game we played against the Islanders many years ago and we went to four overtime periods", Murray said at the time. When Murray was honored by his peers at the general managers meeting in Florida in 2015, Fletcher spoked about Murray's ability as a scout. "Touched a lot of lives". Coaching was his first love.

Even opponents and rivals respected Murray, who said in 2014 he felt bad that he couldn't respond to colleagues' messages about his cancer diagnosis fast enough. "While his warmth and dry sense of humour were always evident, they were accompanied by the fiery competitiveness and determination that were his trademarks".

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