Ottawa Senators General Manager Bryan Murray was honoured on Monday afternoon at an event that unveiled the results of a new partnership between the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre and the Smilezone Foundation.
Sens TV was on hand and you can find a pretty comprehensive recap of the afternoon here:
There were also several former and current players and staff in attendance and we were able to get some of their thoughts on the contributions made by Murray towards such an impactful initiative.
It's a huge credit to Bryan. The guy's battling cancer but he's still able to take time out of his day and put in the work towards something like this. Just to see the change and how they've upgraded this whole area. I can only imagine what these kids and families have to go through so to be able to make their lives a little bit more comfortable just by adding a few extra things, you can't put a pricetag on that.
Our profession is really busy but an event like this gives you the chance to step back and see the real world and the people who use and work in this facility. When you look at a guy like Bryan and you want to trace back to his days in Washington, Detroit, Anaheim and the other cities he's been in I think you'd find quite a legacy there of a gentleman who's been a long time NHLer and given back to a lot of different communities. It's always nice to see him get recognized here in Ottawa, particularly because it's close to his home in Shawville, it's just recognition for a real fine man who's done a lot more than people know. You watch him everyday with what he's battling and it's a real inspiration.
He's someone that deserves to be acknowledged for the work that he does. This is also a great time for this place to get some attention for what they do as well. Bryan's going through a similar stage where he's spending a lot of time in waiting rooms so to be able to show off the renovations they've been able to do at the Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre and help make what the kids and families are going through easier is great to see and makes a big difference.