Former Regina Pats head coach Bryan Murray passes away at 74

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Bryan Murray, the veteran National Hockey League coach and general manager who led the Ottawa Senators to a Stanley Cup final appearance in 2007, has died.

"Bryan was one of the greatest men that the game of hockey has ever known and also a great father, mentor and teacher", Ottawa owner Eugene Melnyk told the Senators website. "We extend our honest condolences to his wife, Geri, daughters, Heide and Brittany and the entire Murray family on their loss".

Murray will be missed, and not just by family members and the Senators franchise.

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

"Bryan Murray's strength and character were reflected in the teams he coached and the teams he built over decades of front office excellence", Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement.

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He later joined the AHL's Hershey Bears as an assistant before becoming the head coach of the Washington Capitals head coach in 1981. As we mourn Bryan's passing, we celebrate his many contributions to the game - as well as his courage.

Besides coaching the Capitals, Murray was behind the bench of the Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Anaheim Mighty Ducks and Ottawa Senators where he served as both head coach and general manager.

The next season Murray led the Senators back into the playoffs, where they tore through the first three rounds in five games before losing in five in the Cup final to Anaheim, his former team. "While his warmth and dry sense of humour were always evident, they were accompanied by the fiery competitiveness and determination that were his trademarks".

"A hockey lifer" seems to be a decent way to summarize Murray's prolific career in the NHL, though it's clear that his kindness also made an impact on many in the hockey world.

"We have high profiles", Murray said at a 2015 dinner held in his honor. "So if you can help, whether through a message you make or through your organization to help people, there's so many people affected, so many young people affected".

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