Who the heck is Tony Hand? Until yesterday I had never heard of the guy. Then I went to the Hockey DB and looked up his career stats:
|1999-00||Ayr Scottish Eagles||BISL||40||8||35||43||52||7||0||4||4||0|
|2000-01||Ayr Scottish Eagles||BISL||46||19||36||55||42||7||2||5||7||0|
He is part of the 4000 point club. To put that into perspective, no one is in the 3000 point club and only Gretzky is in the 2000 point club. Also consider that most of Tony’s seasons are about half of a regular hockey season. In essence no matter what league he is in, what an amazing career of a hockey guy no one has ever heard of.
He actually had a chance to play in the NHL. In fact he was drafted in the 12th round of the 1986 draft. He reported to camp and played along side of players like Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier. Glenn Sather, the Oilers GM at the time thought so much of Hand that he offered him a junior contract after he made it through training camp without being cut. He actually reported to Victoria of the WHL and scored 8 points in 3 games. Unfortunately he got homesick and returned to the United Kingdom.
The next year Sather again offered him a contract to play in the juniors. Tony turned it down and continued pound the British Hockey League for his 2nd 190+ point season (again note this was done in 36 games). His career ended after the 2008-09 season. A total of 24 seasons. Now the Hockey Hall of Fame has a decision to make, should Tony Hand be included in the building? Some purists say no way, but I say sure. I mean after all he is the greatest hockey player I’ve never heard of.