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Tony Hand: the greatest British hockey player

A great piece on Hand, who debuted in 1981, was drafted in 1986 by the Oilers as the first British player in NHL history, and still continues to play to this day, as the player/coach of my hometown Manchester Phoenix. (Partly related: I've always disliked the term "British", because it ignores the independence and pride felt by the individual countries of the British Isles (particularly the Scots and Irish), much like how Canadians prefer not to be called Americans, or Germans mere "Euros", so, for what it's worth Hand is Scottish, and the greatest Scottish hockey player ever. British sounds better, though, because he's also greater than anyone who's come out of England, Wales, or either of the Irelands. Or the Isle of Man, for that matter. Or Wight. Or Orkney. Well, you get the point.)

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