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Sharks hire Mike Grier as new general manager, becomes first Black GM in NHL history

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The San Jose Sharks have named Mike Grier as the team’s next general manager. In doing so, Grier becomes the first Black general manager in NHL history.

“I am extremely proud and grateful to be given the opportunity to be the general manager of the San Jose Sharks,” Grier said. “Along with my staff, I look forward to the challenge of building a fast, competitive, and hardworking team that Sharks fans will enjoy watching and be proud of. One of the things I remember most about playing in San Jose is the home ice advantage that our fans bring through their passion and energy, making SAP Center one of the most difficult buildings to play in.”

“I welcome Mike as the general manager of the Sharks,” Owner Hasso Plattner added. “Mike’s successful career on the ice speaks for itself, but what impressed me the most were his leadership qualities and his overwhelming desire to win. Mike is aware of the high standards of success that are expected in San Jose and is committed to help us quickly return to that level.”

Grier played 14 NHL seasons with the Edmonton Oilers, Washington Capitals, Buffalo Sabres, and Sharks and announced his retirement in 2011. He played three seasons in San Jose and scored 35 goals and registered 43 assists during that time.

The 47-year old spent the 2021-22 season as the New York Rangers‘ hockey operations adviser and also served as a scout for the Chicago Blackhawks from 2014 to 2018. Grier’s older brother, Chris Grier, has been the Miami Dolphins general manager since 2016.

In November 2021, general manager Doug Wilson stepped down from the post due to medical reasons after 18 years. Grier will replace interim general manager Joe Will, who took over for Wilson for the remainder of the 2021-22 campaign.

On Friday, the Sharks fired head coach Bob Boughner and his coaching staff after failing to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs for three straight seasons. In a press release from the team following Boughner’s firing, Will stated that the new general manager would “have full autonomy” to hire the Sharks’ next head coach.

The Sharks last made the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the 2018-19 season where they lost in the Final to the eventual champion St. Louis Blues.

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