(CNN)Mike Grier has been named the San Jose Sharks new general manager. Grier's hire is historic as he becomes the National Hockey League's (NHL) first Black general manager, according to the team.
Mike Grier becomes first Black general manager in NHL history
The Sharks say Grier, who has spent nearly a lifetime around the game as a player and later as coach, scout and executive, will have "overall authority regarding all aspects of the Sharks hockey-related operations."
During his 14-season NHL career as a player, skating in more than 1,000 games, Grier played for the Sharks for three years. He served as the team's alternate captain while scoring 78 points (35 goals, 43 assists) during his time with the franchise.
"I am extremely proud and grateful to be given the opportunity to be the general manager of the San Jose Sharks," stated Grier in a press release.
"Along with my staff, I look forward to the challenge of building a fast, competitive, and hardworking team that Sharks fans will enjoy watching and be proud of. One of the things I remember most about playing in San Jose is the home ice advantage that our fans bring through their passion and energy, making SAP Center one of the most difficult buildings to play in," Grier said.
Executive management in professional sports runs in the family.
Grier, 47, is the younger brother of the Miami Dolphins general manager Chris Grier. The elder Grier has been with the NFL team over 20 years and has led football operations since 2016.
Their father, Bobby, is a long-time coach, scout, executive and adviser within the National Football League.