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RIP, Bryan Murray.

Ottawa Senators v New Jersey Devils, Game 2 Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Today we pay our respects to Bryan Murray, who passed away yesterday at the age of 74 after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. Murray had spent the last decade in the Senators organization, but DC fans will always remember him as a member of the Caps family - and the first coach to bring the Capitals to the postseason.

Thoughts of the entire hockey community are with the Murray family today.

Team release:

The Washington Capitals organization was saddened to learn of the passing of Bryan Murray. Bryan’s contributions to the game of hockey were outstanding, from his impact in Washington to his more recent service as a senior hockey advisor with the Ottawa Senators. Bryan shaped the lives and careers of countless players. Under his leadership, the Capitals saw the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. In seven full seasons with Washington, Bryan led the team to the playoffs each year, and won the Jack Adams Award in 1984. Not only do we recognize his service to the Capitals, but also across several facets of the National Hockey League. Bryan devoted an incredible life to the sport, and his presence will be deeply missed. We offer our condolences to the Murray family, friends, staff, players and all those whom he touched throughout his storied career.