Bryan Murray, GM for Florida Panthers’ Stanley Cup Finals season, dies at 74

Longtime NHL coach and general manager Bryan Murray, the GM of the Florida Panthers during their Stanley Cup Finals season, has died at 74. He worked in the league in some capacity for 35 consecutive seasons.

The Ottawa Senators said in a statement Saturday he was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2014.

Murray was the Panthers’ second GM, holding the post from 1994-2000. He also coached the team in the 1997-98 season.

In 1996, Murray’s Panthers won the Eastern Conference before getting swept in the Stanley Cup Finals by the Colorado Avalanche.

“Bryan Murray was a great teammate and very important to this franchise in its early days. The consummate professional, that’s what he was. My best wishes, thoughts and prayers go out to his family,” Panthers special adviser and alternate governor Bill Torrey said in a statement Saturday.

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