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What’s Clowe Doing for Sharks?



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Mike Grier and Ryane Clowe have a long history.

On Jul. 3, the San Jose Sharks announced Clowe would be coming on board as assistant general manager, joining Joe Will and Tom Holy at that post.

Sharks GM Grier explained on Saturday, “Clowe is really a sharp guy. We kept in touch over the years.”

From 2006 to 2009, Grier and Clowe were teammates on the San Jose Sharks. Clowe, a 2001 San Jose sixth-round pick, was a fan favorite power forward, good for 20 goals and 100 PIMs a year in his prime.

In 2014-15, Clowe, now with the New Jersey Devils, had to retire early because of concussions.

“He’s had some really good experiences from when he finished playing in Jersey, Lou Lamoriello let him spend a lot of time with him. Learn things from Lou,” Grier said.

Clowe was a Devils assistant coach from 2016 to 2018, under head coach John Hynes. Then, he went to the Toronto Maple Leafs organization — Kyle Dubas was the GM and Sheldon Keefe was the head coach of the Toronto Marlies — to become head coach of their ECHL affiliate Newfoundland Growlers.

Clowe, still not fully recovered from his concussions, couldn’t finish the 2018-19 season.

After a couple years off though, Clowe joined the New York Rangers organization as a hockey operations advisor in 2021-22. There, under GM Chris Drury, he was reunited with another hockey operations advisor…Grier.

Grier was named GM of the San Jose Sharks in the summer of 2022.

“He’s a really bright guy, sees the game, can break down the game really, really well. So it’s another different perspective for me and our staff to have,” Grier said of Clowe. “He’s a great person as well. We’re trying to get as many good people in here and good hockey people in here as possible.”

Grier also distinguished Clowe’s job as assistant GM from Holy and Will’s.

Holy is more involved in salary cap management and Will is the San Jose Barracuda GM.


“He’ll probably be more involved in the day-to-day hockey stuff. Not to say that Joe and Tom aren’t,” Grier said. “He’s got a good eye. Good eye for talent. He’s got some really good ideas and thoughts about player development, in scouting and things like that.”

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Good move for MG to surround himself with people who have different skills.


It’s a true leader that’s surrounds themselves with good people. It shows confidence in their abilities knowing one may eventually succeed you. Ask David Quinn. So when does Jumbo officially come into the picture? Is he working pro-bono or is he an independent contractor. Wondering why Dan Boyle is not part of the tribe.

Douglas Fowler

I keep wondering — is the brand of the Sharks organization that they are a players organization? They really keep their long termers involved and carrying the culture of the team. Jumbo, Grier, clowe, marleau, ricci, nabby, etc etc. I’m not sure that is not the same with other teams, just seems to me like that is a emphasis on the part of the sharks.


It’s not a “brand”, it’s about setting a winning culture & atmosphere around the young guns. While Jumbo, Patty, Nabby, Clowe & Grier never won a Cup in SJ, they certainly created a winning culture & atmosphere that they sustained for 15 yrs. Perhaps this next generation of Sharks players (Celebrini, Smith, Musty, Dickinson, Halts,Eklund, Muk, Thrun & such) can learn the lessons the previous generation learned the hard way about how hard it is to win in this league. And with those lessons learned, lead the next generation of Sharks to their 1st ever Cup. THAT is what all… Read more »

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Old Time Hockey Fan

Grier keeps talking about having a hard team to play against.
Who are the Sharks ” hard” players?
Who is the Jeff odgers, Owen Nolan, Ryan Clowe, Jody Shelly , Douglass Murray of this group?
Who is going to bruise some faces?
Who will go off when the goalie gets run?
I don’t see it

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