Mike Grier To Be Named GM Of The San Jose Sharks, Becoming 1st Black Man In NHL History To Hold Position

Mike Grier

San Jose Sharks Set To Hire Mike Grier As The First Black General Manager In NHL History

Mike Grier has made NHL history!

The San Jose Sharks have named him as their general manager. According to reports, Mike Grier will be the first Black man in NHL history to hold the position.

In a recent post, Grier, 47, announced his excitement being the San Jose Sharks’ new general manager. Grier says:

“Hi Shark fans. It’s Mike Grier, I’m your new GM.”

Grier continues:

“Really excited to get to work and be back in the Bay area. I know there’s been lots of ups and downs but I’m ready to work hard and get at it and get this thing back on the tracks.”

The 47-year-old added:

“We’re gonna start winning some games in the Shark tank and get it going again. See you soon.”

Grier played for four different teams in 14 years for the NHL before retiring in 2011. During this past season, Grier was the New York Rangers’ hockey operations adviser. He also worked as a scout for the Chicago Blackhawks from 2014 to 2018. Grier is Miami Dolphins’ general manager Chris Gier younger brother. 

On Tuesday (July 5) the San Jose Sharks have been scheduled to announce Grier as their new general manager. He will be replacing the Sharks’ interim general manager, Joe Will, who held the position since last November when Doug Wilson, former general manager, left the team because of health issues.

Grier will be their general manager just four days after Bob Doughner, Sharks’ head coach, was fired. Bob Doughner was fired late in the NHL offseason so the team can have a coaching change. Joe Will said the new general manager should “have full autonomy” to hire the next coach.

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Authored by: Tsai-Ann Hill