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Shark will be Mike Grier NHL's first black GM

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San Jose Sharks nominated Mike Grier as NHL's first black general manager on Tuesday.

He will replace Joe Will, the interim general manager who took over in November when Doug Wilson resigned for medical reasons. Wilson officially retired in April.

Glia, 47, spent last season as a hockey management advisor for the New York Rangers and previously worked as a Chicago Blackhawks Scout (2014-18) and an Assistant Coach for New Jersey Devils (2018-20). Was there. ) After 14 years of play career, including stints in San Jose.

"I'm really happy to get to work and return to the Bay Area," Greer said in a short video posted on the team's Twitter account. "I know there are a lot of ups and downs, but I'm ready to work hard, get over it, and get this back on track. Start winning some games in Shark Tank and start over."

Glia, whose brother Chris is the GM of the NFL's Miami Dolphins, will take over the shark franchise that missed the playoffs of the last three seasons.

The franchise fired head coach Bob Buffner last week.

From 1996 to 2011, Glia scored 383 points (162 goals, 221 assists) and 510 penalties in 1,060 games against Edmonton Oilers, Washington Capitals, Buffalo Sabers and Sharks.

He scored 78 points (35 goals, 43 assists) in 221 games over three seasons against San Jose (2006-09).

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