OTTAWA - Ottawa Senators general manager and president of hockey operations Bryan Murray has been diagnosed with cancer.
The team confirmed the diagnosis Monday in a statement on its website.
"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," the statement read.
"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 team said it would not comment further on Murray's illness.
Murray, a 71-year-old native of Shawville, Que., has been with the Senators since the 2003-04 season, first as a head coach before replacing the fired John Muckler as GM in 2007. He was behind the bench for Ottawa's run to the Stanley Cup final in the 2006-07 season.
Has also served as coach or general manager of Washington, Detroit, Florida and Anaheim. He won the Jack Adams award as coach of the year with Washington in 1984 and was general manager of the Florida team that advanced to the 1996 Cup final.