This is Tony Hand. He was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in 1986. He was born in 1967, and the earliest numbers I can find for him are as a member of the Murrayfield Racers of the BHL in 81-82. I believe it was the Elite League in Britian at that time (I stand to be corrected on this, please jump in if you know).
He was 14 years old.
Hand was really good, not just for Britian but really actually good in a “holy crap, he’s really good” kind of way. Hand was drafted by the Oilers in 1986, and had a terrific camp. He became sort of a celebrity, I remember very well Rod Phillips calling pre-season games and raving about him. Legend has it he was offered a contract but was homesick so went back to Britian.
Where he beat the living daylights out of the competition. In 86-87, Tony Hand scored 19 shorthanded goals and had 22 hat-tricks during the regular season. His stats for that year? 35gp, 105-111-216, which are even more impressive when one realizes those numbers were good enough to lead the league.
Among his feats:
- 1st British trained player in NHL draft
- Young Player of the Year (Nov 85)
- Scottish National League Champion (85-86 Edinburgh Racers)
- British Premier League Champion (86-87 Murrayfield Racers, 87-88 Murrayfield Racers)
- Best forward (WC D 1990, WC C 1992)
- Named to All-British All-Star team (1990-91)
- FBNL points scorer (01-02,02-03 Dundee Stars 03-04 Edinburgh Capitals)
- All Star Team (90-91,91-92,01-02,03-04,04-05)
- Powerplay Player of the Month (Oct 03)
- FBNL Most League Assists (03-04 Edinburgh Capitals)
- FBNL Most Assists Playoffs (03-04 Edinburgh Capitals)
- British Ice Hockey Writer’s Association Player of the Year (03-04, 04-05)
- Scored his 1000th point, Feb.18, 1989 at Whitley Bay
- Had one 8 goal game, three 9 assist games and one 14 point game (Mar.19, 1988)
I’d like to tell you that his playing career ended in a grand display of love from the British people, but I cannot tell a lie.
Bastard’s still playing.