Apr 13, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Ottawa Senators center Kyle Turris (left) and left wing Clarke MacArthur (16) and defenseman Erik Karlsson (65) stand for the national anthem before playing the Pittsburgh Penguins at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Senators won 3-2 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Bryan Murray Diagnosed With Cancer

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Bryan Murray has been around the NHL for a long time, but he’s just taken on his biggest fight yet.

The Ottawa Senators released a statement on Monday saying the 71-year-old Murray, the team’s general manager and president of hockey operations, has been diagnosed with cancer.

“Mr. Murray is undergoing further testing and will begin treatment immediately for this condition as prescribed by the team’s doctors in collaboration with specialists,” the statement said.

In his absence, assistant general managers Pierre Dorion and Randy Lee will run the team.

Bryan Murray joined the Senators as the team’s head coach in 2004, right before the NHL lockout.

He led Ottawa through some of its best seasons, including a run to the Stanley Cup Final in 2006-07.

Murray was the general manager in Anaheim for the then-Mighty Ducks’ run to the Stanley Cup Final in 2002-03, along with the Florida Panthers’ Stanley Cup Final appearance in 1996.

He also has a good draft record, with Keith Primeau (1990), Chris Osgood (1991), Ryan Getzlaf (2003), Corey Perry (2003), and Erik Karlsson (2008) among the many Bryan Murray draft picks over the years.

Bryan Murray has won 620 games as a head coach, ninth all-time. He’s not the only great mind in the family, as younger brother Terry has 499 wins himself. Terry Murray replaced Bryan Murray as head coach twice, in both Washington and Florida. (To further the brother ties, Terry Murray was replaced in Florida by Duane Sutter, then in Los Angeles by Darryl Sutter.)

It doesn’t matter who you cheer for, cancer sucks. It’s taken former hockey figures like Wayne Maki, Roger Neilson, and Pat Burns, among so many others around the world.

It’s the one thing you wouldn’t wish on anyone else.

Even though I’m a Leafs fan, I respect the way Bryan Murray works. He’s not one to bring attention on himself, and he goes about his work quietly.

I hope you all will join me in hoping Bryan Murray gets well soon.

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