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.
Murray was the Panthers’ second GM, holding the post from 1994-2000. He also coached the team in the 1997-98 season.
“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.
“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.
One of the most respected and well-liked figures in hockey, Murray most recently served as general manager of the Senators from 2007-2016 before stepping down, citing health and family concerns. He also served as general manager in Anaheim and Detroit and coached in Washington, Detroit, Anaheim and Ottawa.
He won the Jack Adams Award as NHL coach of the year with the Capitals in 1983-84 and reached the Stanley Cup Final with the Senators in 2007.
“Bryan Murray’s strength and character were reflected in the teams he coached and the teams he built over decades of front office excellence,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said.
“While his warmth and dry sense of humor were always evident, they were accompanied by the fiery competitiveness and determination that were his trademarks. As we mourn Bryan’s passing, we celebrate his many contributions to the game — as well as his courage. The National…