Family friend Grant McCagg took to Twitter to break the news early this afternoon.
Deeply saddened that a legend of my hometown and the Pontiac... and all of the Ottawa Valley for that matter...Bryan Murray...passed away.— Grant McCagg (@grantmccagg) August 12, 2017
Murray had been battling stage 4 colon cancer since 2014, and was 74 years old.
The Ottawa Senators confirmed the passing, and released a statement on social media, including a quote from owner Eugene Melnyk;
“Bryan was one of the greatest men that the game of hockey has ever known and also a great father, mentor and teacher. We extend our sincere condolences to his wife, Geri, daughters, Heide and Brittany and the entire Murray family on their loss.”
Fans, media, and other teams have been quick to reach out on social media and offer their condolences to the Senators and Murray’s family.
Bryan Murray was a wise hockey man and a great teacher. We, and hockey, are poorer for his passing.— Michael Farber (@MichaelFarber3) August 12, 2017