The San Jose Sharks were in the market for a new general manager, and they found one in a guy who has played over 1000 NHL games, and has been an active part of the hockey community through many different roles in the past couple of years. The San Joe Sharks named Mike Grier as their new general manager, making him the first ever black GM in NHL history.
Mike Grier’s Career
Mike Grier was a right winger in his playing days, was drafted 219th overall in the 1993 NHL draft by the St. Louis Blues. He then made his NHL debut in the 1996-1997 season with the Edmonton Oilers, going on to play on multiple other teams including the Washington Capitals, the Buffalo Sabres, and the San Jose Sharks. He played in 1,060 games, scoring 162 goals and picking up 221 assists for a total of 383 points. He had 510 career PIMs, and won a bronze medal at the 2004 World Championships in Prague with Team USA.
He followed up his playing career with many different roles in hockey, from being an NHL scout with the Chicago Blackhawks, to then being an assistant coach on the New Jersey Devils, and finally a part of the New York Rangers as a hockey operations advisor. Safe to say Grier has built up a very impressive resume with a long player career, and experience in many front office roles.
The Grier Family
Mike comes from a very successful family in sports, his father was a NFL scout and executive with over 30 years spent working in the NFL. His brother, Chris Grier, is currently the general manager of the Miami Dolphins in the NFL, and has been in that role since 2016. His father, Bobby Grier taught Mike many wise lessons about management and working with people…
If you want to have a winning franchise, it starts with how you treat people.
Safe to say that Bobby Grier has taught Mike and Chris a lot about what it takes to be successful in the sports industry, and they have been able to both find great success in their respected sports.
The San Jose Sharks
There is plenty that needs to be done for Mike Grier and the Sharks, with the NHL Entry Draft scheduled for July 7th, the Sharks currently have the 11th overall pick. You never know what can come out of the NHL draft, and 11th overall is a high level pick that could be big for the Sharks future. The other picks they have for the 2022 draft is a third round pick, a fourth round pick, two fifth round picks, a sixth round pick, and three seventh round picks. The Sharks have struggled in recent years, the last time they made the playoff was 4 seasons ago, and had a losing record this season. The Sharks currently have $5.6M dollars in cap space.
The NHL has never had an African-American general manager, and this is what Mike had to say about it
It’s something I’m extremely proud of, since my playing days the league has gotten more and more diverse.
He also spoke more about what impact he hopes it will have for others:
My job is to do the best I can for the San Jose Sharks organization, and if I do that hopefully it opens the door to give other opportunities to other minorities to get them front office positions.
Congratulations to Mike Grier and his family and making NHL history, and let’s see what he can do with the San Jose Sharks.