NHL Hockey

Sharks hire Grier as NHL's 1st Black GM

(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

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.

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