Mike Grier has been named the San Jose Sharks new general manager. According to the team, Grier’s appointment is historic because he is the first Black general manager in the National Hockey League (NHL).
Grier, who has spent almost his entire life involved in hockey as a player, coach, scout, and executive, will reportedly have “overall responsibility regarding all facets of the Sharks hockey-related operations,” according to the Sharks.
Grier spent three years as a Shark during his 14-season NHL playing career, appearing in more than 1,000 games. He amassed 78 points (35 goals, 43 assists) while playing for the team and served as the alternate captain.
In a news statement, Grier said, “I am extremely proud and grateful to be given the opportunity to be the general manager of the San Jose Sharks.”
“Together with my staff, I’m looking forward to the task of creating a quick, fiercely competitive, and diligent team that Sharks supporters can be proud of. The home-ice advantage that our supporters bring via their fervor and enthusiasm makes SAP Center one of the most challenging venues to play in, and it’s one of the things about playing in San Jose that I remember the most “stated Grier.
Professional sports executive management runs in the family.
Grier, 47, is the younger brother of the Miami Dolphins general manager Chris Grier. The senior Grier has been a part of the NFL team for more than 20 years, and he has been in charge of football operations since 2016.
Bobby, their father, has worked for the National Football League for a very long period as a coach, scout, executive, and advisor.