Senators announce GM Bryan Murray has been diagnosed with cancer

by Jul 7, 12:39 PM

The Ottawa Senators released a statement Monday morning announcing general manager Bryan Murray was diagnosed with cancer.

The Senators issued this statement:

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.

Mr. Murray’s treatment schedule may require him to be away from the Senators office periodically. During his periodic absence, assistant general managers Pierre Dorion and Randy Lee will be responsible for managing the Ottawa Senators hockey operations department.

On behalf of the entire Senators family, the team is asking that the thoughts, prayers and support of the entire hockey community are with Bryan and his family.

The Senators and Mr. Murray ask that you please respect his family’s privacy during this time.

There will be no further comment from the Senators organization.

Bryan Murray has served as general manager for the organization since 2007.

Jan 22, 7:34 PM

Bryan Murray on future with Senators: 'I don’t know whether I can just put my feet up'

by Jan 22, 7:34 PM
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Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray still isn't sure about his future with the team, and the decision likely won't be made until at least the end of the season.

"I think I’ve got to take a look at it at the end of this year,” Murray told Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen. “My wife would like me to take off. Geri’s been good, though. She says, ‘I know you have to have something to do.'"

Murray was diagnosed with colon cancer last July and revealed in November there's no cure.

After more than 10 years with the organization, though, he's not sure he can step away.

"I don’t know whether I can just put my feet up," Murray said. 

Senators owner Eugene Melnyk told Murray the general manager will be given the opportunity to name a successor.

"All Eugene said to me was, ‘you’re going to pick the next guy, Bryan. Work with me on it, but you come up with when you’re going to transfer it over.’"

Murray will consult with Melnyk and continue to fulfill his duties for the rest of the season.

"What am I going to do?” Murray said. "Play through the year. Wait and see. I have to have a talk with Eugene. He has something to say here, too."

"Maybe it’s time to move on. That’s OK, too," he added.

Murray was named Senators head coach in 2004 and led the team to a Stanley Cup Final appearance in 2007.

At the very least, he hopes to serve as an adviser to the club in future campaigns.

"My hope is I will still be around to do that,” Murray says. “Maybe a phone call once in a while or whatever."

The 72-year-old will certainly be welcomed back in whatever capacity he chooses, and the team is clearly willing to be patient as he makes that decision.

Nov 18, 3:40 PM

Senators' Bryan Murray attends GM meetings: 'I'm going to fight as long as I can'

by Nov 18, 3:40 PM

Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray attended the National Hockey League's general managers meetings in Toronto on Tuesday, and pledged to battle his Stage 4 colon cancer for as long as possible. 

Murray, who recently revealed that he'd been living with undetected cancer for up to 10 years, said he feels great. It was encouraging to many to see him partake in his duties on behalf of the Senators.

The 71-year-old will continue to undergo treatment, but has conceded that there is no cure for the illness at this stage in its development.

Nov 13, 9:59 PM

Senators GM Bryan Murray on Stage 4 colon cancer: 'There is no cure for me at this point'

by Nov 13, 9:59 PM

Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray says he is losing a battle against Stage 4 colon cancer.

Murray revealed he will not be able to conquer the disease in a segment that aired Thursday on TSN.

"The word is we’ll keep doing chemo and, hopefully, reduce the tumors and the effect and I’ll get some time out of that," he said. "There is no cure for me at this point."

Doctors also told Murray the cancer had been living in his body for seven to 10 years before it was caught.

"The frustrating part – and I’ve said this to several doctors since then – is, ‘How come there were no signs?’" Murray asked.

“When you hear that you've had cancer for possibly up to 10 years and there were no signs ... obviously, because of the Stage 4, it had moved through my body."

Murray also stressed the importance of visiting your doctor regularly. 

"A simple colonoscopy, in my case, probably would have solved the problem that I have," he said.