Every once in awhile there’s a Tony Hand story to remind us of the legend. Last time he got a lot of news was three years ago when Hand was approaching 4,000 career points (!!!!!!!!) at the age of 42. The British Hockey League (it’s been called all kinds of things) has improved over the years, but Hand remained at the top of the scoring charts well into his 30s.
Hand is from Edinburgh, and his career story is about two things: legit hockey talent in an unusual spot and a touching loyalty to his homeland. NHL teams were calling 25 years ago, but his heart belonged to the Murrayfield Racers of the BHL. I think there’s a movie there, and his book must be a delight to read.
Anyway, Hand is miles past 40 now and is getting some recognition as a coach. He has been appointed the coach of the British team and will “lead GB at the 2012 World Championship (Division 1A) in Slovenia and also the tournaments in 2013, 2014 and 2015.”
This coaching gig hasn’t slowed down his playing career. Hand is currently player-coach of the Manchester Phoenix of the English Premier League. Last year he scored about 2.5 points a game, and he’s off the pace this season. Hand has only 22 points in 15 games.
Tony Hand’s career stats are here. Oilers drafted him in 1986.