National Hockey League coaching legend Bryan Murray passes away at age 74

National Hockey League coaching legend Bryan Murray passes away at age 74

The native of Shawville was suffering from colon cancer for a few years and was revealed in November 2014 that her illness was incurable.

He coached the Red Wings for three winning seasons, stepping aside for legendary coach Scotty Bowman while remaining general manager for one more season. He won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's top coach in 1983-84 after leading Washington to the first of three straight 100-point seasons.

He was hired as coach and general manager in 1990 after the Red Wings missed the playoffs and GM Jimmy Devellano was reassigned as senior vice president while Jacques Demers was sacked as head coach.

"As we mourn Bryan's passing, we celebrate his many contributions to the game - as well as his courage".

Previously, Quebec had led the Washington Capitals 1981-1982 to 1989-1990, as well as the Detroit Red Wings during the decade of the 1990s.

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.

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 1998, South Florida coaches Jimmy Johnson, Pat Riley, Jim Leyland and Bryan Murray stand together with 10-year-old Michael Fernandez at the fifth annual Make-a-Wish Foundation of South Florida Sports Banquet & Memorabilia Auction at the Signature Grand in Davie. The Ottawa Senators confirmed the passing of their former coach and general manager this afternoon. "He was always so good to me and when it came time to move me he could have traded me anywhere, but he wanted (wife and country music star Carrie underwood) and I to be together and he was able to make a deal with (Predators GM David Poile) to get me to Nashville".

Tributes to Murray poured out on Twitter after his death was announced.

Murray last coached in 2007-08. In his seven seasons with Washington, Murray led his team to their first playoff appearance and playoff series win.

After a long hard battle with cancer, Bryan Murray has passed away.

Murray coached 1,239 regular-season and 112 playoff games over parts of 18 seasons.

Getzlaf, who has become the captain and leader of the Ducks, also extended his "prayers and thoughts" to Bryan's family.

"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. He never once complained about what he was going through. During this time he would coach 672 games.

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

"It's a subject that's not often talked about, but hopefully my coming forward can make a difference, even if it's just for one person", said Murray during an interview in 2015. "Hopefully this will help".

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