Mike Grier, a 10-year NHL veteran was brought to San Jose for his leadership skills and ability to shut down the opposing team’s power play. Playing on the third line with Curtis Brown and Ville Nieminen, Grier and his veteran linemates are very important to the success of the young Sharks team.
With 58 playoff games already under his belt, Grier looks to help carry the Sharks to their third straight playoff appearance. Rink Report
recently sat down with Mike Grier to ask him questions about his new team in San Jose.
Being a free agent this past off-season, what made you want to come to San Jose?
It’s a good young team and one I thought had a chance to win the Stanley Cup in the next three years and that is my main goal.
Describe yourself as a player?
I’m a hard-working winger that goes up and down the ice. I try to be solid defensively and physical when I get the opportunity.
What makes you so strong on the penalty kill?
I’ve learned a lot from guys up in Edmonton when I was there. Guys like Craig McTavish and Kevin Lowe helped me out and taught me a lot. I’ve been able to take what they’ve given me and work on it.
What do you like better, scoring a goal or killing off a crucial penalty?
It depends on the situation. If it’s a game winning goal, obviously that’s very exciting. But at the same time if the penalty kill helps preserve a lead, that’s pretty rewarding too.
How does this team in San Jose compare to some of the other teams you’ve been on in your career?
I think this is probably as much talent on one team as I’ve ever been on. It reminds me of some teams I was on earlier in my career that loved to skate and had fun in the locker room.
How long did it take for you to feel comfortable on your line with Curtis Brown and Ville Nieminen?
It took a couple games. We all have a similar mind set and play the game the same way. We try to keep it simple and keep pucks going forward, chip pucks and support each other.
What has been your favorite part of being a Shark so far?
I think it’s been meeting some new guys. We have a great group of guys and I have fit in pretty well so that has been nice.
Did you set any goals for yourself personally at the beginning of the season?
I think the main thing I wanted to do was remain consistent throughout the whole year and play my role to the best of my ability while doing whatever the coaches ask me to do.
What is your passion away from the ice?
My passions are football and music. I listen to music to relax and my family is really involved in football, so Sunday’s are always good days for my family and I. (Grier’s father is Associate Director of Scouting for the Houston Texans and his brother is a National Scout & Assistant Director of College Scouting for the Miami Dolphins.)
When your hockey career is over, do you have anything that you would like to do or get accomplished?
I have a year left of school, so that’s going to be the main thing when I’m done. I’ll get my degree because it’s something I promised my parents when I left school and signed early.