OTTAWA - Ottawa Senators Owner Eugene Melnyk today announced the team has reached an agreement to extend the contract of General Manager Bryan Murray for two years to July of 2016. In addition, Murray has been named President of Hockey Operations. Murray will continue to act as the team’s General Manager for the next two seasons and will then remain with the organization for an additional two seasons in an advisory capacity.
The Senators also announced today the team has promoted both Pierre Dorion and Randy Lee to the position of Assistant General Manager.
“I am very pleased to have Bryan remain here in Ottawa for the next four years. Without question, Bryan stands among the best general managers in the National Hockey League,” said Senators Owner Eugene Melnyk. “Our drafting success and the emergence of so many young, dynamic players within our organization is a testament to Bryan’s leadership and wealth of hockey knowledge.”
“In addition, Pierre Dorion and Randy Lee have made significant contributions to our club’s many achievements in scouting, drafting and player development,” said Melnyk. “Bryan and I believe both Pierre and Randy have more than earned the opportunity to take on more senior roles in hockey operations. I want to congratulate Pierre and Randy on their expanded mandates serving together as our team’s assistant general managers.”
Murray was originally hired as the fifth head coach in Senators history on June 8, 2004. In two-plus seasons at the helm, Murray compiled a 107-55-20 record. In 2007, he led Ottawa to its first appearance in a Stanley Cup final series, losing in five games to the Anaheim Ducks. Murray returned to the head-coaching role with Ottawa on Feb. 27, 2008, relieving John Paddock, and posted a 7-9-2 record over the final 18 games of the 2007-08 regular season.
Murray was named general manager on June 18, 2007. Murray, who is the franchise’s sixth General Manager, was appointed executive vice-president of Senators Sports & Entertainment on July 1, 2009
“It’s exciting that Eugene has made this commitment to me and also for me to make this commitment to be part of the organization for four more years,” said Murray. “This team has come a long way and we have seen real growth over these past three seasons. I know that with the pool of talent we have assembled both on and off the ice and our desire to improve at every level, that we are on the right path to develop this team into a group talented enough to compete for championships.”
“Mr. Melnyk has made it very clear that he wants to be a champion, and that’s what we want for all of our fans. It is an exciting time for us as we see this team grow, and being part of that growth is a big reason for both of us to make this commitment.”
Bryan Murray (General Manager and President of Hockey Operations)
A native of Shawville, Quebec, Murray came to the Senators from Anaheim, where he served as senior Vice-President and General Manager with the Ducks. He was promoted to the posts in May of 2002 and went on to transform the Ducks into the Western Conference champion in 2002-03. Named the Ducks’ fifth Head Coach in 2001-02, he spent one season behind the Anaheim bench.
The 2013-14 season is Murray’s 19th as a General Manager, after serving four years with the Detroit Red Wings from 1990 to 1994, six-plus seasons with the Florida Panthers from 1994 to 2000 and two seasons with Anaheim from 2002 to 2004.
Murray began his NHL coaching career with the Washington Capitals on Nov. 11, 1981. He remained at the helm of the Capitals for the next 8 ½ seasons. Beginning with his first full season behind the Washington bench, the club had winning records and averaged 95 points per season over the next seven years. Murray won the Jack Adams Award in 1983-84 as the NHL’s coach of the year. His 17 years of coaching in the NHL also included seasons with Detroit and Florida.
Pierre Dorion (Assistant General Manager)
The 2013-14 season is Dorion’s seventh with the Senators organization. He has spent the last five years as Director of Player Personnel, after being promoted to the position on Aug. 26, 2009. Prior to his promotion, Dorion spent two seasons as the Senators’ Chief Amateur Scout.
Dorion will be responsible for contracts and salary arbitration as well as managing the Senators professional and amateur scouting staffs. Dorion will also oversee all facets of evaluation for players both inside and outside of the organization.
Dorion joined the Senators in July of 2007 after spending the previous two seasons as an Amateur Scout for the New York Rangers and 11 seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, where he served as an Amateur Scouting Coordinator and as Chief Scout.
Dorion and his wife, Tanya, have two children, Vanessa and Antoine.
Randy Lee (Assistant General Manager)
Randy Lee is in his 19th season with the Senators while 2013-14 is his fifth as both Director of Hockey Operations and Player Development. Previously, Lee spent one season as Director of Player Development and six seasons as the Senators’ Conditioning and Player Development Coach, five seasons in the dual role of Video and Conditioning Coach and two seasons as the team’s Video Coach.
Lee’s new role will see him become General Manager of the team’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Binghamton Senators. Lee will also be responsible for contracts and a variety of tasks involving player development, including the management of the hockey team’s budgets and overseeing the development of players throughout the team’s system, including prospects at the AHL, collegiate, junior hockey and European league levels.
Lee and his wife, Julie, live in Ottawa with their sons, Damon and Brandon, and daughter Kristin.
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