Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! Sometimes we are so consumed with our favorite team that we don’t look outside of our own box, but yesterday was a sad day in the NHL.
The NHL lost one of it’s great coaches and general managers yesterday when Bryan Murray passed away after battling cancer. This really hits home since it’s only been a couple day after Ed Olczyk said he is beginning his battle with a type of colon cancer.
Murray was a Jack Adams award winner for top coach for his job with the Washington Capitals back in the early 1980’s. His last big job on the bench was taking the 2007 Ottawa Senators to the Stanley Cup Final in 2007.
His last job was becoming the general manager of the Senators after that 2007 season through this springs unlikely run to the Eastern Conference Finals.
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One thing you noticed from all the writers and all the hockey people yesterday was not a single bad word or hint of any kind of dislike at all for Murray. Everyone said what a kind a gracious man he was, and that he had an eye for talent.
It’s sad when the NHL loses one of it’s great men, the NHL won’t be the same without great men like Bryan Murray calling the shots for one of it’s franchises.
Here are are some morning links to start your Sunday morning.
Here is part number 2 of what the Chicago Blackhawks youngsters had to say about their college experience (Blackhawks)
Chicago Blackhawks will be pursuing Will Butcher when he becomes a free agent (Committed Indians)
Looking back and forward at the prospect tease (Hockey Buzz)
How Ken Hitchcock will improve the Dallas Stars powerplay (Defending Big D)
Will this coming season be the biggest one yet for Filip Forsberg (Predlines)
Should the NHL pull the draft out of Dallas now (Sporting News)