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Former Red Wings head coach and general manager Bryan Murray passes away

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Bryan Murray

Bryan Murray, the former head coach and general manager of the Red Wings during the early 1990’s has passed away after a long battle with cancer. He was 74-years-old.

The sad news was confirmed by the Ottawa Senators where Murray has spent that last 12 seasons as a coach and/or general manager.

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

Murray spent three-seasons with the Red Wings as a head coach and general manager between 1990 and 1993 guiding the team to the playoffs in each of those campaigns. However Murray was unable to get the team passed the second round which brought on Scotty Bowman in 1993-94. During that season Murray remained on as general manager before leaving the organization the following year for the Florida Panthers.

Despite his relatively short tenure with the Red Wings, Murray in some sense helped bring the team out from the forgettable decades of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s and into the an era of dominance that would begin in the 90’s.

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