Ducks GM Murray resigns, plans to enter treatment program

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Anaheim Ducks basic supervisor Bob Murray resigned a day after he was put on administrative leave in the middle of an examination into his office conduct.

Murray strategies to go into a treatment program for alcoholic abuse, the group and Murray stated in a declaration Wednesday.

The 66-year-old Murray has actually been with the company because 2005 and has actually run its hockey operations because November 2008, the third-longest active period for a GM in the NHL.

An individual with understanding of the Ducks’ front workplace informed The Associated Press that the preliminary problems versus Murray triggering the examination all included spoken abuse of group workers. The individual spoke on condition of privacy due to the fact that the group isn’t revealing information of its internal examination, which is being carried out by law practice Sheppard Mullin.

“I want to apologize to anyone adversely affected by my behavior,” Murray stated. “I vow to make changes to my life, starting with enrolling in a treatment program. … As I step away from the Ducks, I will focus my attention on where it should be: improving my life for the betterment of my family and friends.”

Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli will spend for Murray’s treatment program, the AP source stated.

Jeff Solomon, who signed up with the Ducks’ front workplace in May, will be Anaheim’s interim basic supervisor while the club looks for a long-term replacement, the Samuelis stated in a declaration. Solomon, a long time staff member of the Los Angeles Kings and a previous gamer representative, will supervise up until the conclusion of a “methodical, extensive” search, which might last up until the offseason next summer season.

The Samuelis stated they “apologize on behalf of the organization to anyone affected by misconduct from Bob. We expect every member of our organization to be treated with respect and will not stand for abuse of any kind. … While we do not condone his conduct, we fully support his efforts to improve his physical and mental health by asking for help.”

After Murray’s resignation, the NHL provided a declaration stating the preliminary problems versus Murray were made to the league’s hotline, which was established current to make it much easier to report violent habits.

“While we understand that (Murray) is seeking appropriate counseling and treatment for his personal issues, there is no excuse and there is no place in our league for the type of behavior that was recently reported through the NHL Hotline,” the league’s declaration checked out. “We thank the Ducks organization for its prompt and appropriate response to hotline reports. The league and its clubs are committed to a safe and welcoming workplace across the NHL and will continue to take any and all action necessary to achieve that goal.”

The NHL has actually gone through a numeration with expert conduct in the last few years. The Blackhawks were fined $2 million last month for their handling of sexual attack claims versus then-assistant coach Brad Aldrich in 2010. A current report on the scandal caused the resignation of Chicago basic supervisor Stan Bowman and Florida coach Joel Quenneville, who was the Blackhawks’ coach when Kyle Beach stated he was sexually attacked by Aldrich.

Murray won the NHL’s Jim Gregory General Supervisor of the Year award in 2014, near the midway point of an excellent very first years in charge of the Ducks. He took control of the job suddenly after previous Ducks manager Brian Burke’s resignation, however Murray developed a constant winner in Orange County, consisting of groups that won 5 successive Pacific Department titles from 2013-17 and reached 2 Western Conference finals.

The last 3 Ducks groups missed out on the playoffs, and Murray installed himself as Anaheim’s coach for the last 26 video games of the 2018-19 season prior to going back to the front workplace.

Henry Samueli stayed steadfastly behind Murray throughout the Ducks’ current battles, and the present group is off to a strong start a 7-4-3 with a young brand-new core of skill prepared by Murray’s front workplace lastly revealing indications of progressing. The Ducks have actually won 5 directly under third-year coach Dallas Eakins with their overtime success in Vancouver on Tuesday night.

Murray hails Kingston, Ontario, who had a 15-year playing profession with the Blackhawks prior to moving into Chicago’s front workplace, ultimately serving 2 1/2 years as their basic supervisor. He was Burke’s leading lieutenant when the Ducks won their only Stanley Cup title in 2007.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.