Mike Grier, the younger brother of Miami Dolphins general manager Chris Grier, is set to make history in the NHL.
Mike Grier will become the general manager of the San Jose Sharks, according to ESPN, making him the NHL’s first Black GM. The Sharks have not confirmed the hiring of Grier, but the team has a 2 p.m. news conference scheduled for Tuesday, where the move is expected to be announced.
The Griers are in rare air as one of the few — if any — brother combinations to hold GM roles for teams in different American professional sports leagues. They are the first Black brothers to be GMs of pro teams.
Chris Grier, 52, became Dolphins GM in 2016 after holding various scouting positions within the franchise since 2000.
Mike Grier, 47, played 14 seasons in the NHL for four different teams: the Sharks, Buffalo Sabres, Washington Capitals and Edmonton Oilers. He retired from playing hockey in 2011.
Mike Grier spent the past season as New York Rangers’ hockey operations adviser and also worked as a scout for the Chicago Blackhawks from 2014 to 2018. He replaces Sharks interim GM Joe Will, who took over in November after longtime GM Doug Wilson vacated the role due to medical reasons.
The Grier brothers are sons to Bobby Grier, who held various coaching, scouting and executive positions for the New England Patriots for two decades from 1981 to 2000. Bobby Grier has been a Dolphins consultant since 2017.