General Managers


Since The Senators Group was approved for a conditional NHL franchise on December 7, 1990, the modern day Ottawa Senators have featured 7 General Managers in the 20 year span. The founders, Bruce Firestone, Cyril Leeder and Randy Sexton named the first general manager Mel Bridgman on August 30, 1991.

 

Mel BridgmanMel Bridgman1991-1993


In late August 1991, Mel Bridgman was hired to become the team's first general manager. At the time, he had absolutely no experience as a General Manager. Bridgman was hired on the same basis they intended to measure their team: toughness and character.

As a former centre who played 14 seasons in the National Hockey League, Bridgman had the playing experience that Ottawa Senators front officials believed would translate well to the position of General Manager.

Randy SextonRandy Sexton1993-1995


Sexton began working in 1988 to bring an NHL team back to Ottawa, and was one of three founders of the modern era Senators franchise. Sexton spent four years with Ottawa Senators organization serving as the club's president, chief executive officer and general manager.

Sexton also spent three years as the executive director of Capital Sports Management Inc. (CSMI), a sister company to the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club. While with CSMI, Sexton provided strategic analysis and advice to the Senators organization.

Pierre GauthierPierre Gauthier1995-1998


Pierre Gauthier became general manager of the Senators on December 11, 1995. He was able to build a team that saw the five-year old franchise post its best regular season record and compete in its first playoff series in 1996-97 - just 17 months after his appointment.

Prior to joining the Senators, Gauthier served as the first assistant general manager in the history of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim from March 1993 to December, 1995. During his time with Anaheim, he assumed the general manager duties of the Ducks' primary development affiliate, the Baltimore Bandits of the American Hockey League.

In the years before the Mighty Ducks, Gauthier worked in the Quebec Nordiques scouting department for 12 years. He joined the Nordiques in 1983 as a scout, working in that capacity for three years before being named assistant director of scouting in 1986. Gauthier was promoted to chief scout in 1988 and remained in the position for five years before joining Anaheim.

Richard C. DudleyRichard C. Dudley1998-1999


Rick Dudley became general manager of the Senators on June 30, 1998. Prior to joining the Senators, Dudley spent four succesful seasons with the Detroit Vipers of the International Hockey League. The former NHLer first joined the Vipers as coach and general manager in the club's inaugural season in 1994-95. In 1996, he shifted his primary focus to the duties of general manager.

Dudley has been to the finals eight times in 10 years as a GM in three different leagues (IHL, AHL and ECHL). He has won four championships as a GM and has never missed the playoffs since starting as a GM and head coach in 1980.

In 1989, Dudley was named the head coach of the Buffalo Sabres, the team with whom he had broken into the NHL as a player back in 1972. During his two-and-one-half seasons behind the Sabres' bench, Dudley recorded an 85-72-31 overall mark. His most successful season was his first campaign (1989-1990) as the team posted a 45-27-8 record, securing third-place overall in the NHL with 98 points the club's third-best finish ever. Dudley finished third in balloting for the Jack Adams Trophy for NHL Coach of the Year.

Marshall JohnstonMarshall Johnston1999-2002


Marshall Johnston was named the Ottawa Senators general manager on June 8, 1999. Johnston served as the Senators' director of player personnel from July 1996 to March 1999, when he was named the club's assistant general manager.

In amassing more than 30 years of NHL experience, Johnston has been a general manager, assistant general manager, director of player personnel, scouting-combine executive director, head coach, assistant coach and player.

Following his playing career, Johnston returned to his alma mater as head of the University of Denver. In his four seasons at the helm, Johnston led the Pioneers to the West Coast Hockey Association title and was named Conference Coach of the Year in 1977-78. As a player with the Pioneers, he won one National College Athletic Association title and two WCHA playoff titles while playing for the Pioneers from 1959-60 to 1962-63.

John MucklerJohn Muckler2002-2007


John Muckler was named the Ottawa Senators general manager on June 12, 2002. A five-time Stanley Cup winner, Muckler has more than 50 years of professional hockey experience as a part owner, general manager, director of player personnel, director of hockey operations, head coach, assistant coach and player.

Raised in Paris, Ontario, Muckler was a defenceman in the minor leagues for 13 seasons, playing the bulk of his career in the old Eastern Hockey League (EHL). Muckler began his professional coaching career as a player/coach in 1959 with the EHL's New York Rovers.

He then spent the next 20 years with the New York Rangers', Minnesota North Stars' and Vancouver Canucks' organizations before joining the Edmonton Oilers in 1981. During those 20 years, Muckler served briefly as head coach of the Minnesota North Stars in 1968-69 and won multiple regular-season titles, playoff championships and league coach-of-the-year honours in the minor leagues. For his successes, The Sporting News named him the top coach in all of minor-league hockey in 1979.

Bryan MurrayBryan Murray2007-Present


Bryan Murray was named general manager of the Ottawa Senators on June 18, 2007, the sixth general manager in the Senators' new era.

The Shawville, Que., native came to the Senators from the Anaheim Ducks, where he served as senior vice-president and general manager. Murray was promoted to the posts in May 2002 where he moulded the Ducks into Western Conference champions in 2002-03. Named the Ducks' fifth head coach for the 2001-02 season, he spent one season behind the Anaheim bench.

Murray holds 16 years of experience as a general manager, after serving four years with the Detroit Red Wings from 1990 to 1994, six-plus seasons with the Florida Panthers from 1994 to 2000 and two seasons with Anaheim from 2002 to 2004.


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