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Senators GM Murray diagnosed with cancer

Jul 7, 2014, 1:09 PM EDT

Bryan Murray AP

The Ottawa Senators announced GM Bryan Murray has been diagnosed with cancer.

In a statement released by the team, the organization said Murray will begin treatment immediately and that his treatment schedule will force him to be away from his duties with the team periodically. Assistant GMs Pierre Dorion and Randy Lee will fill in for Murray during those absences.

Murray was named GM of the Senators in June of 2007 and has held the position since then. He’s been a coach and GM in the NHL since the early 1980s with the Washington Capitals, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Florida Panthers, and Detroit Red Wings before landing in Ottawa.

Here’s to hoping for a speedy recovery for one of hockey’s outstanding noted figures.

  1. buddysguys - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    i hate cancer. I really F’n hate it.

  2. jacketsfan7 - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    To be fair, does anyone really like it?

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    I’ll admit I’ve expressed nothing but disdain for this guy in the past, but obviously this is something that far outweighs petty sports rivalries. I and, I would guess far too many of us have seen first-hand how downright awful dealing with cancer is for the the sufferer and their family. I wish him and his family nothing but the best of luck during this difficult time.

  4. patthehockeyfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    Best wishes to Bryan Murray.

  5. puckyou14 - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    Wishing the best for you Mr. Murray. Kick that cancers ass.

  6. bruinsfan55 - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    All the best of luck to defeating cancer to Bryan Murray

  7. rbbbaron - Jul 7, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Give it hell

  8. nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    Everyone who isn’t a total jerk wishes Mr. Murray the very best in his efforts to fight this disease. As a melanoma survivor, I certainly wish him well. The statement from the team is rather disingenuous in saying he has “cancer” but refusing to name it. The word understandably scares people, but there are many different types, some readily treatable, some not. If you aren’t going to provide useful information and identify the kind of cancer he has, then just say he’s being treated for a health issue.

    • patthehockeyfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:29 PM

      I am glad you are a melanoma survivor. Good for you.

      You write: “If you aren’t going to provide useful information and identify the kind of cancer he has, …” I am curious why you think anyone is entitled to know what kind of cancer it is. I don’t find the team’s statement disingenuous; I find that Murray’s health issue is Murray’s alone, and, if he wishes to maintain his privacy, that’s certainly his right.

      Let’s just leave it at wishing him the best.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 7, 2014 at 4:15 PM

        Please do me the kindness of not misrepresenting what I said. I did not suggest invading anyone’s privacy. I actually said that since they were not disclosing the specific illness, instead of using the scary word “cancer”, they should have simply said he has a health issue.
        Some folks in the public eye use their being well-known to urge people to get checked for whatever ailment the noted person has been afflicted with. Mr. Murray has chosen not to go that route, and I agree he has every right to his privacy.

  9. timmons94 - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Here’s to a speedy recovery Bryan…. Get well soon !!!!

  10. President Charles Logan - Jul 7, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Prayers for the Murray family

  11. sjsharks66 - Jul 7, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Kick cancers ass Murray.

  12. pdmjr - Jul 7, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Murray is a competitor he will beat this cancer

  13. stl333 - Jul 8, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    This upset me deeply and I wish him the best.

  14. billiam55 - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    blame spezza

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