The Sharks are heading into a new era with Mike Grier as general manager. The 47-year-old enters the position as a first-timer and will now attempt to build San Jose back into a consistent contender in the Western Conference.
Despite the lack of experience as a GM, Grier can look to his brother Chris, who has held the same position with the Miami Dolphins since 2016.
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In an interview on Thursday with KNBR 680's "Tolbert and Copes", Grier was asked whether he's leaned on his brother for any advice even though they are in two different sports. Grier said he talks with his brother about the aspects of running a team, such as roster building.
"Yeah, for sure. We've talked, you know, we talk roster building and, you know, managing players and staff and, you know, the importance of culture in the locker room and things like that. It's in sports if they can cross over a little bit," Grier said.
"He definitely has a bigger roster to manage, but in general, we definitely bounce some ideas, but more me trying to pick his brain and get some of his knowledge that I what he's gone through."
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Grier became the first-ever Black GM in NHL history after he took over the position for Doug Wilson, who spent nearly two decades in the role and stepped away back in April.
The Sharks finished last season with 77 points and 22 points away from the third playoff spot in the Pacific Division, so Grier could lean on his brother's advice as he too hopes to turn around a franchise that hasn't made the playoffs since 2019.