Longtime NHL coach, GM Bryan Murray dead at 74

Longtime NHL coach and GM Bryan Murray died Saturday, the NHL confirmed, after a long battle with colon cancer during which he became a passionate spokesman for awareness and prevention of the disease. He was 74.

Murray coached 18 seasons with the Capitals, Red Wings, Panthers, Ducks and Senators, and his 620 wins are 12th all-time among league coaches. He also served as GM for the Red Wings, Panthers, Ducks and Senators.

The All-Star weekend festivities will be held in Los Angeles at Staples Center, home of the Kings. It’s the third time L.A. has hosted the NHL All-Star game, and the first time since 2002.

The All-Star Skills Competition will be held Saturday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. The skills competitions include: Fastest Skater, Breakaway Challenge, Accuracy Shooting, Challenge Relay, Hardest Shot and Shootout.

“With the passing of Mike Ilitch, the Red Wings have lost the consummate owner, the National Hockey League has lost a cherished friend and passionate builder, Detroit sports has lost a legend, and the city of Detroit has lost not only a devoted native son but a visionary and driving force in the rebirth of downtown,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said.

And in the Oscar Mayer NHL Hardest Shot competition, two-time defending Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap champion Shea Weber came in as the heavy favorite, and he did not disappoint. The Canadiens defenseman clocked 102.8 mph to win the competition. Winnipeg Jets star Patrik Laine finished second in the overall competition with a shot of 101.7 mph. No one else touched triple digits on the radar gun, although Blue Jackets Cheap Jerseys Elite defenseman Seth Jones hit 98.1 on the radar and the Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin popped at 97.8 mph.