SAN JOSE, Calif. (BVM) — According to Kevin Weekes, Mike Grier is set to become the general manager of the San Jose Sharks, making him the first Black general manager in NHL history.
**Breaking News** 🚨 📰
I’m told Mike Grier will be named the new GM of the @SanJoseSharks tomorrow. He becomes the first Black Person in over 100 years of @NHL Hockey to make history in doing so.@espn #HockeyTwitter pic.twitter.com/wbGcLlU7qX
— Kevin Weekes (@KevinWeekes) July 5, 2022
The San Jose Sharks will hire Mike Grier as their new general manager, per @KevinWeekes
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 5, 2022
Grier played 14 seasons in the NHL with four different teams, including the Sharks. He retired in 2011 and currently serves as a hockey operations advisor for the New York Rangers. Before that, the 47-year-old worked as a scout for the Chicago Blackhawks from 2014-18.
Grier is the older brother of Miami Dolphins general manager Chris Grier. Chris has been the general manager of the Dolphins since 2016.
Mike is taking over for interim general manager Joe Will, who took over when Doug Wilson left the club for medical reasons. Wilson had been with the Sharks for 19 seasons before officially stepping down in April 2022.
Mike will be aiming to lead the once-dominant Western Conference team back to the playoffs. But the franchise has missed the playoffs for three straight seasons, which is the longest drought in the franchise’s history.
The Sharks have scheduled a press conference for 2 p.m. ET when they will officially name Grier the general manager.