A native of Shawville, Que., Murray was originally hired by the Senators as the fifth head coach in franchise history on June 8, 2004. In two-plus seasons at the helm, he compiled a 107-55-20 record. In 2007, he led Ottawa to its first appearance in a Stanley Cup Final series, before losing in five games to the Anaheim Ducks. After being appointed the sixth general manager in team history on June 18, 2007, Murray returned to the head-coaching role in Ottawa on Feb. 27, 2008, after relieving John Paddock, and posted a 7-9-2 record over the final 18 games of the 2007-08 regular season.
Prior to arriving in Ottawa, Murray served as the Anaheim Ducks' senior vice-president and general manager where he helped transform the Ducks into Western Conference Champions in 2002-03. Named the Ducks' fifth head coach in 2001-02, he spent one season behind the Anaheim bench before assuming the role of general manager from 2002 to 2004. He has also served in the role of general manager with the Detroit Red Wings (1990 to 1994) and the Florida Panthers (1994 to 2000).
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. He won the Jack Adams Award in 1983-84 as the NHL's coach of the year.
In 18 years of coaching in the NHL, which also included seasons with the Red Wings and Panthers, Murray ranks 14th in the league in all-time games coached (1,239) and sits 11th in wins (620).
A former student of Macdonald College at McGill University, Murray spent four years as the athletic director and coach at the school. He coached five years in the Central Junior Hockey League with Pembroke and Rockland before becoming head coach of the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League. In 1979-80, he led the Pats to the WHL championship. Murray then took over as coach of the American Hockey League's Hershey Bears the following season and was named minor league coach of the year by The Hockey News after leading Hershey to its best record in 40 years.
On July 21, 2012, he was joined by his brother, Terry and his nephew, Tim, as an inaugural inductee on Shawville's Hockey Wall of Fame. On May 28, 2015, he was recognized with the United Way's prestigious Community Builder of the Year award and was inducted into the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame on June 5, 2015. Additionally, Murray was one of 13 honourees to compose the 2015 class of the Washington D.C. Sports Hall of Fame.
Bryan and his wife, Geri, have two daughters, Heide and Brittany.