Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray stepped down from the role Sunday and will be replaced by assistant general manager Pierre Dorion, the team announced.
The 2015–16 season was Murray’s 10th as the general manager in Ottawa, the longest tenure for any person in that position in franchise history. He will continue to work for the team after being appointed Senior Hockey Advisor.
Murray also served as the head coach of the Senators from 2005 to 2008, leading the team to its only Stanley Cup finals appearance in 2007.
“Bryan Murray is a legend of the game and I know his portrait will one day find itself in the Hockey Hall of Fame,” owner and chief executive officer Eugene Melnyk said. “Words cannot express my thanks to Bryan and the tremendous support of his wife Geri and their two daughters Heide and Brittany. Bryan’s leadership and grace on and off the ice has always been exceptional and I am very happy that Bryan will continue to be a senior member of our hockey operations.”
Dorion is an Ottawa-native and has spent the last two seasons working with player personnel, scouting and handling contracts. He has previously served as director of player personnel and chief amateur scout.
The Senators (38–35–9) are currently fifth in the Atlantic Division and will miss the playoffs.