Murray Hired As Mighty Ducks Coach
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Bryan Murray was hired Friday as coach of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, the next step in a career in which he has been a general manager or head coach for 20 straight seasons.
He replaces Guy Charron, who took over from Craig Hartsburg in December. Charrron was fired by last-place Anaheim in April after the team finished its second-worst season.
``He is a perfect fit for us at this time,″ said Pierre Gauthier, the Ducks’ president and general manager. ``Bryan combines enormous experience, a winning background, and an eagerness to work with young players that should assure us of continued growth and immediate success.″
Murray most recently was the Florida Panthers’ vice president and general manager from 1994-2001. He was their coach during the 1997-98 season.
He was fired as GM of the Panthers on Dec. 28 along with coach Terry Murray, his brother.
The Ducks finished this past season last in the Western Conference at 25-46-11. They were 20-34-8 under Charron, an assistant who was promoted when Hartsburg was let go on Dec. 14.
The Ducks haven’t made the playoffs since 1998-99, when they were swept by Detroit in the first round.
Murray joined the Panthers in 1994 and assembled the team that reached the Stanley Cup finals in just the third year of the club’s existence.
Murray, the Ducks’ fifth head coach, has a record of 484-368-123 as a coach.
Murray was general manager of the Detroit Red Wings from 1990-94 and was their coach for the first three seasons. Before that he coached the Washington Capitals for 8 1/2 seasons.
He previously was athletic director and coach at McGill University and coach of the WHL’s Regina Pats and the AHL’s Hershey Bears.