Sharks Hire Mike Grier as N.H.L.’s First Black General Manager

Two days before the annual draft, Grier takes over a team in transition: San Jose missed the past three postseasons and recently fired its coach.

Mike Grier, who spent 14 seasons in the N.H.L. as a gritty right wing, on Tuesday was named general manager of the San Jose Sharks, becoming the first Black general manager in the history of a league that just completed its 105th season.

Grier, 47, who retired as a player in 2011, comes to the team after having worked as a scout for Chicago and spending two years as an assistant coach with the Devils. Last season, he worked as a hockey operations adviser to the

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