"As we mourn Bryan's passing, we celebrate his many contributions to the game - as well as his courage".
Former Hershey Bears head coach Bryan Murray has passed away after a long battle with colon cancer.
Murray served in the dual role of coach and GM for three seasons in Detroit before spending one more year as GM after Bowman became coach.
Murray's 620 National Hockey League victories during the regular season as a head coach rank 12th all time amongst coaches, and took his teams to the Stanley Cup Playoffs 12 times out of 13 years.
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.
Murray was general of the Ducks when they reached the Stanley Cup Finals in 2003 and the franchise remembered him on Saturday. Let our thoughts be with his family today through this rough time.
Murray was born in Shawville, Quebec, attending Macdonald College and working as a gym teacher and a motel operator.
Murray remains the Capitals' all-time leader for most regular-season games coached (672), the most regular-season game wins (343), the most regular-season points (769), the most playoff games coached (53), and the most playoff-game wins (24). He worked as the Senators' head coach or general manager from 2004-16 and served as a senior advisor for the organization in 2016-17. He was sacked midway through the 1989-90 season and would resurface in Detroit the following fall. He was also the coach that started the Wings' 25-season playoff streak, which ended last season. Former player Craig Laughlin described Murray as a players' coach with an old-school approach and a knack for managing personalities. Murray was inducted into the Senators' Ring of Honour this past January. He coached five years in the Central Junior Hockey League with Pembroke and Rockland before becoming head coach of the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League.
"The ultimate achievement in sport is to be recognized at the very top of the game and I know that winning a Cup is the ultimate goal for all of us and it's a great achievement, but I think when you help develop people, influence people, do things for the game, in the game, be involved in your community those are all things that are ... maybe just as important", he said.