Former Capitals coach Bryan Murray diagnosed with cancer

Former Capitals coach Bryan Murray diagnosed with cancer
July 7, 2014, 5:45 pm
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(Associated Press)

Former Capitals coach Bryan Murray has been diagnosed with cancer and will be periodically leaving his role as general manager of the Ottawa Senators while undergoing treatments, the Senators announced on Monday.

“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 Senators said in a statement.

Murray, 71, coached the Capitals from 1981-90, leading them to the playoffs seven straight seasons before being replaced by his younger brother, Terry, during the 1989-90 season.

He also coached current Capitals coach Barry Trotz when both were with the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League in the early 1980s. Trotz also worked with Terry Murray when Trotz was coach of the AHL Baltimore Skipjacks and Terry Murray was coaching the Capitals.

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“Cancer’s a vicious disease,” Trotz said shortly after learning of Murray’s diagnosis. “The Murray family has always been a big part of the Caps’ history.

“I learned a lot from Bryan and Terry as a young coach trying to learn. They’re both terrific people and they both have strong morals and they’re strong people.

“Bryan is a strong person and I know he’ll be a guy that will fight this. He’s in a great spot in Ottawa. I’m sure they’ll take care of him very, very well and hopefully he can beat it.”

 During the times Murray is receiving treatments Senators assistant general managers Pierre Dorion and Randy Lee will manage the team’s hockey operations.