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Born January 5, 1975 (1975-01-05) (age 35),
Detroit, MI, USA
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
227 lb (103 kg; 16 st 3 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team
F. teams
Buffalo Sabres
San Jose Sharks
Edmonton Oilers
Washington Capitals
NHL Draft 219th overall, 1993
St. Louis Blues
Playing career 1996 – present

Michael James Grier (born January 5, 1975 in Detroit, Michigan) is a professional ice hockey forward who currently plays for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League. He has also played professionally for the Edmonton Oilers, Washington Capitals, and San Jose Sharks. With the 1996-1997 season, Grier became the NHL's first U.S.A.-born and trained player of African American descent.[1]

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Early years

His father is Bobby Grier, former NFL running back coach and current Associate Director of Pro Scouting for the Houston Texans. (The elder Grier is not to be confused with Bobby Grier who broke the color barrier in the 1956 Sugar Bowl.) Mike Grier's uncle is former NFL great Rosey Grier and he is a distant cousin of actress Pam Grier.

Playing career

Grier was originally drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the ninth round of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, and was considered a long-shot to make an NHL team. He spent his early playing days with Saint Sebastian's School and then later Boston University, culminating in his best amateur season in 1994-1995, where he was named a first team all-star. During his time at BU, Grier's NHL rights were dealt to the Edmonton Oilers along with star goaltender Curtis Joseph in exchange for a pair of first round picks.

After leaving college, Grier immediately cracked the Oilers lineup as a checking-line right-winger, scoring 32 points and bearing a respectable +7 +/- rating. He would go on to play six seasons with the Oiler's organization, including two where he scored twenty goals.

During his time in Edmonton, Grier was best known for provoking Chris Simon of the Washington Capitals in 1997. Grier made derogatory comments about Simon's Ojibwa heritage, and Simon allegedly responded with a racial slur directed at Grier. Although the spoken words were never confirmed, Simon was suspended three games as a result of the incident.[2] The two were later teammates for a brief time in 2002 with the Washington Capitals. He was also known for his toughness, separating his shoulder and having it popped back in on numerous occasions before finally electing for surgery.

On October 2, 2002, in order to free up roster space, Grier was traded to the Washington Capitals for a pair of draft choices.

The Capitals attempted to put a Stanley Cup-caliber team together, primarily built around star forward Jaromír Jágr and goaltender Olaf Kölzig, but the team disappointed on the ice, although Grier remained a reliable checker player. Washington traded him on March 4, 2004 to the Buffalo Sabres for European prospect Jakub Klepis. He finished the season with Buffalo, scoring nine points despite the Sabres failing to make the playoffs. During the 2005-06 NHL Season, Grier set a personal record, scoring 4 game winning goals for the Sabres and contributing during their run to the 2006 Eastern Conference Finals. Grier was then signed to a free agent deal by the San Jose Sharks, where he recorded 16 goals, including 3 shorthanded, in his first season with San Jose. He scored 9 and 10 goals in his next two seasons with the Sharks, respectively.

On August 10, 2009, Grier signed with the Buffalo Sabres.

Awards

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1989–1993 St. Sebastian's School ISL 44 40 22 102
1993–94 Boston University HE 39 9 9 18 58
1994–95 Boston University HE 37 19 26 45 85
1995–96 Boston University HE 38 21 26 47 82
1996–97 Edmonton Oilers NHL 79 15 17 32 45 12 3 1 4 4
1997–98 Edmonton Oilers NHL 66 9 6 15 73 12 2 2 4 13
1998–99 Edmonton Oilers NHL 82 20 24 44 54 4 1 1 2 6
1999–00 Edmonton Oilers NHL 65 9 22 31 68
2000–01 Edmonton Oilers NHL 74 20 16 36 20 6 0 0 0 8
2001–02 Edmonton Oilers NHL 82 8 17 25 32
2002–03 Washington Capitals NHL 82 15 17 32 36 6 1 1 2 2
2003–04 Washington Capitals NHL 68 8 12 20 32
2003–04 Buffalo Sabres NHL 14 1 8 9 4
2005–06 Buffalo Sabres NHL 81 7 16 23 28 18 3 5 8 2
2006–07 San Jose Sharks NHL 81 16 17 33 43 11 2 2 4 27
2007–08 San Jose Sharks NHL 78 9 13 22 24 13 0 1 1 2
2008–09 San Jose Sharks NHL 62 10 13 23 25 6 0 0 0 6
NHL totals 914 147 198 345 484 88 12 13 25 70

International play

Played for the United States in:

International statistics

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
1995 United States WJC 7 0 2 2 12
2004 United States WC 9 1 2 3 8

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