Sharks hire Mike Grier as NHL’s first Black General manager

Published July 9, 2022 by Afro New (via AP)

The San Jose Sharks’ three-month search for a general manager ended with a barrier-breaking hire as the team made longtime NHL forward, Mike Grier, the first Black General manager in league history.

Team President Jonathan Becher said Grier emerged from a pool of dozens of candidates because of his experience as a player, scout, coach, and executive over the last few decades and his commitment to building a winning culture in San Jose.

But he acknowledged the history-making nature of the hire as well.

“I hope you do serve as an inspiration to lots of people. You’re the first and I certainly hope not the last,” Becher told Grier.

Grier spent three of his 14 seasons in the NHL with the Sharks from 2006-09. He retired in 2011 after playing 1,060 career games and has spent time as a scout in Chicago, an assistant coach in New Jersey, and most recently the hockey operations advisor for the New York Rangers, where he was given many of the responsibilities of an assistant general manager.

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