The hockey world continues to mourn the passing of Bryan Murray at age 74, with condolences coming from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, legendary figure Scotty Bowman, the Anaheim Ducks, and many others.
For one thing, it’s heartwarming – though still very sad – to see the sheer volume of heartfelt messages following the news of Murray’s passing.
The personal touches really stand out, including Bettman noting Murray’s “dry sense of humor” in the league’s statement:
“Bryan Murray’s strength and character were reflected in the teams he coached and the teams he built over decades of front office excellence,” Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. “While his warmth and dry sense of humor were always evident, they were accompanied by the fiery competitiveness and determination that were his trademarks. As we mourn Bryan’s passing, we celebrate his many contributions to the game — as well as his courage. The National Hockey League family sends our deepest condolences, comfort and support to Bryan’s family, his many friends and all whose lives he influenced.”
Senators owner Eugene Melnyk spoke for many when he described himself as “heartbroken” by news of Murray’s death.
Murray made quite an impact on the Anaheim Ducks, something they noted in their own release.
The Anaheim Ducks family mourns the loss of Bryan Murray, who passed away this morning. As both head coach and general manager of the team (2001-2004), Bryan led our organization with class, dignity and charisma.
Scotty Bowman also praised someone who’s been involved with the NHL for a resounding 35 years.
My Sincere Condolences to the Murray Family on the passing of Bryan Murray after the Courageous Battle he displayed for the past 3 years
— scott bowman (@coachwsb) August 12, 2017
Plenty of NHL teams weighed in, even those he wasn’t quite as directly involved with. Players who once suited up for his teams shared their thoughts, too, including Chris Wideman and Mike Hoffman. Plenty of journalists provided genuine accounts of his kindness and sense of humor.
It says a lot when such a wide variety of people share their thoughts on a person’s life, and it’s apparent that Murray made many great impressions during his decades of work in the sport.
The Senators’ video shows that he still had time for his family, too.