Ottawa reacts to passing of hockey legend Bryan Murray
Bryan Murray died Saturday after 3-year battle with colon cancer
Beloved hockey leader and former Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray died Saturday morning at the age of 74 after battling stage 4 colon cancer since 2014.
The team announced his passing in a written statement, saying Murray died surrounded by his family and friends.
Murray coached a whopping 1,239 NHL games during his 35 years with the league.
"Bryan was one of the greatest men that the game of hockey has ever known, and also a great father, mentor and teacher," Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said in the statement.
"We extend our sincere condolences to his wife, Geri, daughters, Heide and Brittany and the entire Murray family on their loss."
The Sens posted a touching video in memory of Murray on Twitter Saturday.
Remembering Bryan Murray: <a href="https://t.co/RVUIVQ7oiI">pic.twitter.com/RVUIVQ7oiI</a>—@Senators
People in Ottawa and abroad also mourned his loss, including on social media.
I met Bryan Murray in 1980, my first year covering sports. Have yet to meet a finer person in the business. Condolences to family, friends—@CCtsn
Always a leader even in illness, he never knew but he helped many of us—@PaulDup88279262
I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Bryan Murray. He was a key architect of many of the Senators' successes.—@JimWatsonOttawa
Other local sports teams expressed their condolences on Twitter.
<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FuryFC?src=hash">#FuryFC</a> are deeply saddened by the passing of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Ottawa?src=hash">#Ottawa</a> Valley sports legend Bryan Murray.<br><br>Our condolences go out to his family and friends.—@OttawaFuryFC
<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/REDBLACKS?src=hash">#REDBLACKS</a> are deeply saddened by the passing of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Ottawa?src=hash">#Ottawa</a> Valley sports legend Bryan Murray.<br><br>Our condolences go out to his family & friends.—@REDBLACKS
Sens players also took to Twitter after learning the news.
thoughts & prayers are w/ the Murray family. I am forever grateful for the opportunity Bryan gave me to live my dream of playing in the NHL—@Chris_Wideman
Thoughts and prayers go out to the Murray family. Can't thank you enough for everything you have done for me.—@Cecer_83
CBC Ottawa's sports reporter Dan Seguin also reflected on covering Murray over the years.
Very sad to hear that Bryan Murray is gone. Loses battle to colon cancer at age of 74. Great hockey man-wonderful to the media <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/gentleman?src=hash">#gentleman</a>—@SeguinSports