Longtime coach, GM Murray dies of colon cancer

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

Murray began coaching with the Washington Capitals in the 1981-82 season, and was with the team until being fired midway through the 1989-90 campaign and replaced by his bother Terry.

During off season in 2007, Murray was promoted to General Manager of the Senators.

In 1996, Murray's Panthers won the Eastern Conference before getting swept in the Stanley Cup Finals by the Colorado Avalanche. His nephew, Tim, spent time in the Ducks organization and served as Buffalo's GM from 2014-17.

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.

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.

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

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

"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.

Murray also coached the team for a time.

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

Senior hockey advisor to the Ottawa Senators, Bryan Murray, holds a signed Washington Capitals jersey as he is inducted as the first member of the Ottawa Senators new "ring of honour", in Ottawa on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. "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". "He was a great father, mentor and teacher", said in a press release the owner of the ontario, Eugene Melnyk, who has offered his condolences to the relatives of the deceased.

The Capitals had not been to the playoffs in their first eight years of existence before making seven consecutive postseason trips under Murray. The next year, after leading Washington to its first 100-point season and first playoff series win, Murray won the Jack Adams Trophy as the NHL's coach of the year.

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

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