Mike Grier chose to steer clear of the family business. And that decision made his dad very happy.
While Grier’s father Bobby and brother Chris both work in the NFL, the Sharks 34-year-old right winger chose to lace up the skates as opposed to cleats. When SJSHARKS.com had the chance to sit down with the Sharks alternate captain on Thursday, this topic was high on the priority list. How did he end up in hockey? And what did his family think about it?
Find out the answers to these questions and more in this week’s segment of Ask the Sharks.
1. Your father and brother are involved in the NFL. Did you ever want to play professional football? – Kris Hughes
|Tampa Bay Lightning's Vaclav Prospal (20) and Martin St. Louis (26) try to score against San Jose Sharks' goalie Evgeni Nabokov, left, Mike Grier (25), and Rob Blake (4) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) |
Yeah, from time to time growing up. I grew up around the field and at practices. It’s something I love and if I wasn’t playing hockey, I would’ve definitely pursued football more.
I always played football with my friends, but never anything serious. I was going to play in high school and then I hurt my knee fooling around playing basketball so I never really got the chance.
2. What was your father's reaction when he found out that you chose hockey over the family business, football? – Jairo Garcia
He was pretty happy, I think. He went out of his way to steer me and my brother away from football. My brother ended up playing in college, but I think he was happy.
Hockey gives my dad another outlet. It gives him a break from his work. He likes to come home and watch hockey with me and stuff like that. He’s got the hockey package and watches hockey everyday.3. How come during the warm up, you hold the door for everyone and (Milan) Michalek is the last one off the ice. Is there any meaning behind it? - Megan M.
No. Just a superstition, I guess. It’s something we’ve both done since I got here and we’ve both stuck with it. There’s no magic behind it. I started doing it in Edmonton and it’s just something I’ve always done.
4. What is it about your game that lends itself to being able to score short handed goals like you do? – Denise
|San Jose Sharks right wing Mike Grier (25) is congratulated by defenseman Dan Boyle (22) after scoring past the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third period of their NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) |
I’ve always had good guys out there with me. Whether it’s here with Patty (Marleau) or “Mitchy” (Torrey Mitchell
), they create a lot of chances. I think I’m able to read the play well where sometimes I can anticipate paces and be able to pick them off and go the other way.
5. What’s your best memory with the Sharks? – Mark Scanlan
I guess probably winning the division last year. In my career, I had never been a part of a team that had won the division. That was nice.
6. From watching “Shark Byte,” you appear to quite the jokester. Who else on the team can compete with you in this category? – Bob Davidson
There’s a lot of guys. (Ryane Clowe
) “Clowie.” He does good movie impersonations. Jody Shelley is pretty funny. “Boush” (Brian Boucher). And Joe Pavelski
. He’s a quiet guy, but he’s pretty funny. 7. What’s it like in the locker room after a win? – Luke Sullivan
It’s great. It’s a good group of guys here and a lot of the game is about winning and building friendships. When you win with a good group of guys, you always go home with a good feeling.
8. In the Islanders game, you gave Jonathan Cheechoo a huge smile because of that sweet pass he gave you. I was wondering, do you still have all your teeth? - Russ Imbat
(Laughs) I don’t have all my teeth. I wish I did. But I’ve lost a couple throughout the way. I’m just lucky to have had some good dentists to make them look pretty good.