Bryan Murray was a leader in our community, not just in the hockey world

*Bryan Murray will be remembered at a Celebration of Life ceremony at Canadian Tire Centre on Aug. 24, 1 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend..

The many tributes to Bryan Murray show just how much he was respected, admired and loved in the world of hockey.

Murray was renowned for his warmth, his sarcasm and his fierce competitive spirit. It was here in Ottawa, close to his hometown of Shawville, that he had his longest run, coaching and building the Senators and bringing in core players like Erik Karlsson, Kyle Turris and Craig Anderson.

But Murray was so much more than a hockey executive. He was also a community leader who inspired his players to volunteer and make a difference. In 2015, when he was named the United Way’s community builder of the year, Murray said, “When we bring people to the community, we want them to be good people, character people, be able to play the game well on the ice and contribute a great deal off the ice.” That’s exactly who Bryan Murray was.

When he was diagnosed with colon cancer, he shared his story and encouraged people to be tested. He later heard from those who heeded his advice and as a result, were treated early for the same disease. His passing is a huge loss, but Bryan Murray’s legacy is enormous, throughout the NHL but especially here in his community. 

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