Mike Grier is an American winger on the Buffalo Sabres.
Grier was drafted by St. Louis in 1993, but went on to play college hockey at Boston University. He was traded to Edmonton before breaking into the NHL. He joined the Oilers in 1996, scoring 15 goals and 32 points his rookie year. He had his best seasons with Edmonton, including a 20 goal, 44 point campaign in ’98-99. He was traded to Washington in 2002, and spent two years with the Capitals before being traded to Buffalo in 2004. He was traded again, to San Jose in 2006, where he expressed his desire to stay in the organization. As one of a small number of African American hockey players, Grier has had a solid and impressive NHL career. In 2009, as the Sharks continued to build for a Cup, Grier was traded to the Buffalo Sabres, where he had another good year, scoring 10 goals and 22 points. Two of his 10 goals were gamewinners.
Grier played for the United States at the ’95 World Juniors and the 2004 World Championships, winning a bronze medal in 2004.
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