TONY HAND TO OVERSEE GB WOMEN’S PROGRAMME

Tony Hand’s role within the Great Britain programme is being expanded to work with GB Women.

The National Development Head Coach – who currently oversees the men’s under-20s, under-18s and under-16s – will work with the coaches and players across the women’s set-up.

The Edinburgh-born former NHL draft pick, who took GB Men to the final qualifying stages for the Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014, took up his national development role in August 2016.

Ice Hockey UK chairman, Richard Grieveson, said: “We are expanding Tony’s role to work with Great Britain Women.

“We have some quality coaches and exciting players in the women’s programme and Tony will add to that.

“His experience and knowledge of the sport is fantastic and he will be a massive asset to the women’s programme.

“He has done fantastic work with our juniors since 2016 and it seemed natural to expand this to the women too.”

Hand, who received an MBE in 2004, said: “I am excited to start work with Great Britain Women when next season gets under way.

“We have some fantastic talent in the women’s programme, with some very exciting young prospects.

“I look forward to working alongside the great set of coaches we have in the women’s set-up.”

GB Women’s head coach, Cheryl Smith, said: “We have a great women’s programme and some amazing young talent mixed in with a core of experienced senior players.

“I am sure the coaches and players will learn a lot from Tony’s many years of experience in the sport.

“Tony’s experience will only enhance that and I look forward to working with him in the future.”