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Former Panthers GM and coach Bryan Murray passes away

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Longtime NHL executive loses fight with cancer

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Bryan Murray, a longtime hockey executive and the general manager of the Florida Panthers during their 1996 Stanley Cup Final run, passed away Saturday at the age of 74.

In July 2014, the Senators website announced Murray was diagnosed with cancer and was undergoing treatment.

On November 13, 2014, Murray announced he had Stage 4 colon cancer which had spread to his liver and lungs.

Murray was the Panthers' second general manager, from 1994-2000, and he also coached the team for 59 games (17-31-11) during the 1997-98 season after firing Doug McLean.

Murray won 620 NHL games as a coach and was awarded the Jack Adams Award for coach of the year with the Washington Capitals in 1984. He was involved in the league in some capacity for 35 years.

In addition to being part of Florida's exciting Stanley Cup run, Murray was general manager of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in 2003 when they lost in the final to the New Jersey Devils and coached the Ottawa Senators to the 2007 Final where they were beaten by the Ducks, the team he surprisingly left in 2004.

Our most heartfelt wishes go out to his family and friends. Rest in peace, Bryan.