Tony Hand, British hockey's version of Gretzky?
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12-30-2007, 03:03 AM
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The BBC and their audience is used to sports like football, rugby, tennis, cricket where there are lots of national leagues or competitions around the world pretty close in quality. From that perspective its unusual to come across American sport where the top league (the NHL) is so much better than any other.
And yes, Hand is still the top British player. This is his retirement year I think, but I hope he decides to keep going because he obviously still has the ability and the longer our young players have to learn from him, the better.
Interesting posts here - thanks. Maybe Hand will take on some role in GBR hockey development? Ramp up the search and development of a national team and system?
edit: I'm tired of hearing about non-NA'n players who are always compared to NHL players and then said to have "failed" in some way when they stay and play in their home countries - sounds to me like Tony is success story that should be celebrated in his retirement year.
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