The San Jose Sharks are in the midst of some major organizational changes. The Sharks just fired head coach Bob Boughner after a disappointing 2021-22 campaign and are in the process of hiring a new general manager. It seems that process has come to an end, with San Jose set to make a historic hire.
According to reports, the Sharks will hire Mike Grier to be their next GM, making him the first Black GM 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
Mike Grier is the brother of Chris Grier, who's currently the GM of the Miami Dolphins. This makes the Griers the first Black brothers to be GMs of major pro sports teams:
History on top of history. Mike Grier is first Black GM in NHL. Chris and Mike Grier are the first Black brothers to be GMs of major pro teams. https://t.co/WUdglhIY6l
— Dave Hyde (@davehydesports) July 5, 2022
The Sharks teased the announcement on Twitter and are expected to make this official on Tuesday:
What's everyone doing tomorrow at 11am PT? We'd love to formally introduce someone to you all. Check back with us then for a live stream. Sleep well, besties!
— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) July 4, 2022
Mike Grier is a former NHL player who played for the Sharks from 2006-09. Grier played 14 seasons in the NHL after getting his start with the Edmonton Oilers. He was a ninth-round pick in 1993 and then joined the Oilers for the 1996-97 season. He played six seasons with the Oilers and also spent time with the Buffalo Sabres and Washington Capitals.
After retiring as a player, Grier was an assistant coach for several teams before being hired by the New York Rangers as a hockey operations advisor in 2021. Now he's set to take the big job and look to help turn around San Jose.
The Sharks have missed the playoffs three years in a row since making the Western Conference Finals in 2019. They were previously a consistent playoff team, but without any Stanley Cups to show for it. San Jose lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2016 Stanley Cup Final.