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Monday, June 11, 2007

Bryan Murray Bio

Bryan Murray, 61, was named head coach of the Ottawa Senators on June 8, 2004. The former NHL coach of the year and fifth head coach in the Senators’ new era, he will enter his 24th consecutive season in the NHL. The Shawville, Que., native comes to the Senators from the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim where he served as senior vice-president and general manager. Murray was promoted to the posts in May 2002 where he moulded the Ducks into Western Conference champions in 2002-03. Named the Ducks fifth head coach for the 2001-02 season, he selected Mike Babcock as his replacement for the past two seasons. Murray joined the NHL coaching fraternity with the Washington Capitals on Nov. 11, 1981. He remained at the helm of the Capitals for the following 81/2 seasons. Beginning with his first full season behind the Washington bench, the club had winning records and averaged 95 points per season over the next seven years. Murray won the Jack Adams Award in 1983-84 as the NHL’s coach of the year. His 14 years of coaching in the NHL, which has also seen seasons with the Detroit Red Wings and Florida Panthers, have Murray ranked sixth in the NHL in all-time games coached (1,057) and seventh for wins (513). He coached his 1,000th NHL game with Anaheim on Nov. 28, 2001, against Edmonton and earned his 500th victory at Dallas (6-1 win) on Jan. 25, 2002. A former student of Macdonald College at McGill University, Murray spent four years as the athletic director and coach at the school. He left that post to become head coach of the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League in 1979-80 where he led the Pats to the WHL championship. Murray took over as coach of the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Hershey Bears the next season and was named the minor league coach of the year by The Hockey News after leading Hershey to its best record in 40 years. Bryan and his wife, Geri, have two daughters, Heide and Brittany.

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Jibblescribbits said...

THAT would be an unbelievable hire for the Blue Jackets

Bethany said...

Too bad I talked to a guy at the Columbus Dispatch today and he said that it was just made up :(

KMS2 said...

Made up??

Cruel joke. As much as I don't like him, he would be an awesome GM.

Sarah said...

It was Bruce Garrioch who wrote the article in the Sun...you need to take everything he writes with an entire salt lick, because 95% of it winds up being BS.

Bethany said...

Yeah, that's what I thought...I would love to have him but Aaron said it's all made up...soo you know. And, Sarah, that would have been nice to know...yesterday...haha.