Juris’ first coach was Gints Bisenieks who was the headmaster in Latvijas Bērzs junior squad.
At the age of 17 Juris goes to Finnish junior league’s team Pori Assat, where he attracts the attention of NHL scouts and gets drafted in the 9th round by the New York Rangers. He continues his career in OHL, then goes up to the American hockey league, but can’t quite get in the New York Rangers roster and Juris goes back to Europe. After few seasons in top level European leagues he joins the newly founded Rīgas Dinamo. Previous years he has been one of the top scorers in Slovakian league. This year he will be one of the leaders in the HK “Kurbads” team.
Grinder who doesn’t mind playing physically, also has a sniper talent near the enemy goal post. Juris’ experience and will to win are components that every winning team needs.
Previous teams: Owen Sound Attack, Hartford Wolf Pack, Charlotte Checkers, Torpedo Nizhniynovgorod, Neman Grodno, Rīga 2000, Rigas Dinamo, Quad City Mallards, Liepājas Metalurgs, SKP Poprad, HC Karlovy vary.