This afternoon, the Ottawa Senators released a statement regarding General Manager Bryan Murray, who has been diagnosed with cancer.
OTTAWA – The Ottawa Senators announced today that General Manager and President of Hockey Operations Bryan Murray has been recently diagnosed with cancer. The Senators organization issued the following 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.”
When you immerse yourself in a hockey team the way I, and so many other fans do, the management and players become central figures in your life. Through all the ups and downs this organization has been through the past few seasons, Murray has always been front and centre. Level headed about the team’s issues and clearly passionate about the work he does.
But obviously, some things are bigger than hockey. Best wishes to Bryan and his family as they begin this fight.