Sharks hire Mike Grier, making him first Black GM in NHL history

Sharks hire Mike Grier, making him first Black GM in NHL history

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS (JOSH DUBOW) 5 juillet 2022 à 20:16 UTC+2Updated on5 juillet 2022 à 22:27 UTC+2

San Jose, Calif. (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 GM in league history.

“It means a lot to me,” Grier said at his introductory news conference Tuesday

“It’s not something I take lightly. I realize there's a responsibility that comes with the territory

But I’m up for it. How I carry myself and how this organization carries himself

I think we’ll do well and hopefully we’ll leave a footprint and open some doors for people to follow.”

Grier fills the spot that opened when Doug Wilson stepped away for health reasons on April 7

Wilson had taken a leave of absence in November with Joe Will serving in the interim role since then

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 and that I hope you’re the first and certainly not the last,” Becher told Grier.

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