The San Jose Sharks have announced a press conference for Tuesday morning, where they will announce their new GM.
This should be the culmination of a two-month GM search that appears to have landed on either Mike Grier or Ray Whitney.
Per a source, San Jose Hockey Now believes that Mike Grier has emerged as the favorite to be named the next GM of the San Jose Sharks. But the Sharks have done a good job of keeping things under wraps, so we’ll see.
UPDATE: Pierre LeBrun also believes it Grier.
Strong indications that Mike Grier is the front-runner to land the Sharks GM job though that’s not confirmed with anyone in the Sharks organization. https://t.co/d6nVu5oqKd
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 4, 2022
UPDATE: Kevin Weekes has confirmed that it’s indeed Grier.
**Breaking News** 🚨 📰
I’m told Mike Grier will be named the new GM of the @SanJoseSharks tomorrow. He becomes the first Black Person in over 100 years of @NHL Hockey to make history in doing so.@espn #HockeyTwitter pic.twitter.com/wbGcLlU7qX
— Kevin Weekes (@KevinWeekes) July 5, 2022
Grier is the first black GM in NHL history. He comes from a great sports management family: His father Bobby Grier has been an executive for almost 30 years for the New England Patriots, Houston Texans, and now, the Miami Dolphins. His brother Chris Grier is the GM of the Dolphins.
Elliotte Friedman wrote on Saturday night that “it’s believed Mike Grier, Scott Mellanby and Ray Whitney are the finalists.”
Grier is currently a New York Rangers advisor, and before that, a New Jersey Devils assistant head coach, and a Chicago Blackhawks scout. Whitney was a Carolina Hurricanes scout from 2015-18 and has been with the NHL Department of Player Safety since then.
Both played for the San Jose Sharks – Whitney from 1991 to 1997 and Grier from 2006 to 2009 – but contrary to reports, it’s SJHN’s belief that this wasn’t a requirement for the position.
Just for example, if it was, why would Mellanby have been a finalist in the first place?
SJHN will be on site for the press conference announcing Grier, which begins at 11 AM on Tuesday at SAP Center. The presser will be streamed on all San Jose Sharks digital platforms.
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