One of the principal architects of the Ducks two Stanley Cup Finals runs, Bryan Murray, has lost his battle with colon cancer at the age of 74 years old.
Murray coached in the NHL for 18 seasons with the Washington Capitals, the Detroit Red Wings, the Florida Panthers, the Ottawa Senators, and the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. He was also a veteran front office executive, having held the position of General Manager with Washington, Florida, Anaheim, and Ottawa.
Murray coached the Mighty Ducks for the 2001-2002 season before assuming the title of General Manager the following season for the team’s cinderella 7-game Stanley Cup Finals run.
As General Manager, Murray was responsible for laying the foundation for the Ducks only Stanley Cup championship in 2007 (which he would ironically be on the other end of as the head coach of the Ottawa Senators) as well as drafting the two players the franchise is still built around today, Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf.
Murray was most recently with the Ottawa Senators as General Manager from 2007-2016.
The longtime executive announced that he had been diagnosed with aggressive stage 4 colon cancer in 2014 but stayed on and continued with his duties as Senators GM while fighting his disease as well as speaking out for cancer awareness.
Murray leaves behind his wife, Geri, and his two daughters, Heide and Brittany.