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Bryan Clarence Murray (born December 5, 1942 in Shawville, Quebecmarker, Canadamarker) is currently the general manager of the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has previously been general manager of the NHL's Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Florida Panthers and Detroit Red Wings. He was also the head coach for Detroit and was the head coach for the Washington Capitals. In other leagues, he has been head coach of the American Hockey League's Hershey Bears and Western Hockey League's Regina Pats. Bryan's brother, Terry Murray, is the head coach for the Los Angeles Kings.

Hockey career

Murray played hockey in his hometown of Shawville growing up, joining the Shawville Pontiacs intermediate club at age fourteen and later joined the Rockland Nats of the Central Junior Hockey League. He attended Macdonald College, a suburban campus of McGill Universitymarker, which is located in Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Que., and returned to Shawville and worked as a gym teacher. He then went into business buying a local motel.

Murray began his hockey career as a part time coach with Pembroke of the CJHL. He earned a good reputation as a coach and was offered a job by the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League. He left his business interests in the hands of family members, and moved west. After taking Regina to the Memorial Cup, Murray moved to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League, where he won coach of the year. The next year he became head coach of the Washington Capitals.

In seven seasons with Washington, Murray brought the team to the playoffs each year, and won the Jack Adams Award in 1984. In 1990, after being replaced by his brother in Washington, he became coach and general manager of the Detroit Red Wings. The team had mixed results in his four seasons.

Murray next was appointed the general manager of the expansion Florida Panthers. In 1996, the young Panthers made it to the Stanley Cup Finals, and Murray was selected as NHL Executive of the Year. From 2002–2004 Murray was general manager of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, and again saw his team quickly make a mark in the playoffs, reaching the 2003 Stanley Cup Finals. After a disappointing 2003–2004 season with the Mighty Ducks, he surprised many by deciding to resign from the GM post in Anaheim and move 'home' to become head coach of the Senators.

On February 20, 2007, he became the fifth NHL coach to achieve 600 victories, in a shootout win against the Edmonton Oilers. Despite this impressive number of victories (at the time the most among active NHL coaches), Murray has yet to win a Stanley Cup. In his most recent trip to the Finals as head coach, the Senators team that he coached lost to his former club, the Anaheim Ducks.

Murray was promoted to general manager of the Senators on June 18, 2007, and assistant coach John Paddock took over the head coach duties. However, on February 27, 2008, Murray fired Paddock after the team struggled through January and February, despite a 15–2 start. Murray served as head coach for the remainder of the 2007–08 season, with the team finishing in seventh place in the Eastern Conference. His team was swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Craig Hartsburg was hired as the new coach of the team in June 2008. After struggling for most of the 2008–09 NHL season, Murray fired Hartsburg after a 7-4 loss in Washington. In 48 games as head coach of the Ottawa Senators, Hartsburg posted a 17-24-7 record. Cory Clouston, head coach of the Binghamton Senators was hired as interim head coach.

Personal life

Murray is one of ten children of Clarence and Rhoda Murray, was born and raised in the small Ottawa Valley town of Shawville, Quebec, near Ottawa. Murray and his wife, Geri, have two daughters, Heidi and Brittany.

Coaching record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Result
WAS 1981–82 66 25 28 13 - (65) 5th in Patrick Missed Playoffs
WAS 1982–83 80 39 25 16 - 94 3rd in Patrick Lost in First Round
WAS 1983–84 80 48 27 5 - 101 2nd in Patrick Lost in Second Round
WAS 1984–85 80 46 25 9 - 101 2nd in Patrick Lost in First Round
WAS 1985–86 80 50 23 7 - 107 2nd in Patrick Lost in Second Round
WAS 1986–87 80 38 32 10 - 86 2nd in Patrick Lost in First Round
WAS 1987–88 80 38 33 9 - 85 3rd in Patrick Lost in Second Round
WAS 1988–89 80 41 29 10 - 92 1st in Patrick Lost in First Round
WAS 1989–90 46 18 24 4 - (78) 1st in Patrick (fired)
DET 1990–91 80 34 38 8 - 76 3rd in Norris Lost in First Round
DET 1991–92 80 43 25 12 - 98 1st in Norris Lost in Second Round
DET 1992–93 84 47 28 9 - 103 2nd in Norris Lost in First Round
FLA 1997–98 59 17 31 11 - (63) 6th in Atlantic Missed Playoffs
ANA 2001–02 82 29 42 8 3 69 5th in Pacific Missed Playoffs
OTT 2005–06 82 52 21 - 9 113 1st in Northeast Lost in Second Round
OTT 2006–07 82 48 25 - 9 105 2nd in Northeast Lost in Cup Finals
OTT 2007–08 18 7 9 - 2 (94) 2nd in Northeast Lost in First Round
Total 1239 620 465 131 23


Transaction Record as GM

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Education

Bryan Murray attended Pontiac High School.

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