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Mike Grier becomes the first black general manager in NHL history

The Sharks say Grier, who has spent most of his life around the game as a player and later as a coach, scout and manager, will have “overall authority over all aspects of the Sharks’ hockey-related operations. “.

During his 14 season NHL career as a player, appearing in over 1,000 games, Grier played for the Sharks for three years. He served as the team’s alternate captain while scoring 78 points (35 goals, 43 assists) during his time with the franchise.

“I am extremely proud and grateful to have the opportunity to be the general manager of the San Jose Sharks,” Grier said in a press release.

“Along with my staff, I look forward to the challenge of building a fast, competitive and hard-working 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 toughest buildings to play,” Grier said.

Executive leadership in professional sports runs in the family.

Grier, 47, is the younger brother of Miami Dolphins general manager Chris Grier. The elder Grier has been part of the NFL team for over 20 years and has led football operations since 2016.

Their father, Bobby, is a longtime National Football League coach, scout, executive and advisor.

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