Hand looks to the future after Racers success
Murrayfield Racers coach Tony Hand said the club was leaving its options open for next season after winning the Scottish National League title this weekend.
The Edinburgh team's first season will end with a trophy in the cabinet after Saturday's 11-6 win over North Ayrshire Wild and Kirkcaldy Kestrels' 5-0 defeat at Aberdeen Lynx confirmed this success.
And Hand was not able to confirm what they were trying to do for the moment, but they will have a better idea within a month or so.
"Basically, we want to play at the highest level possible, which is the most important thing for us," he said. "It goes without saying that we have to be a viable business and, as everyone knows, running an ice hockey club is not cheap.
"We have to make sure that whatever league we are in, that's good for the club and the organization and we want to be in a situation where fans are excited to watch the match.
A huge thank you to everyone who congratulated us for winning the SNL title. There is still a lot to play for this season and the guys will do everything to keep winning. Thanks for your help! pic.twitter.com/MpatzsjzD0
– Murrayfield Racers (@MRacersOfficial) February 24, 2019
"We will wait to see what happens in the different leagues, but once we know it, we will be in a better position to know it. At the moment, we just want to improve every year and it's our main goal on and off the ice.
"But I think in the next month we'll know better what's going on and what we want to do."
The return of the riders to the sport was certainly memorable as they won the SNL title on their first attempt, while there were only two games remaining in the regular season.
His players were complimented for delivering the league, recognizing that their goal for the season had changed early.
And the former head coach of the GB believes that attitudes are changing and insists that they are here to build a team that the Scottish capital can be proud of.
He added, "We want fans to be entertained when we come here and everyone is invited to come watch us. We do not ban anyone, and after a year there has been a change of attitude and an awareness that we are here for the long term.
"It's not about big egos. We want to do well and give Edinburgh a team they are proud to watch, not to mention giving players a chance to play.
"For us it was a good first season, that's for sure. There have been a lot of tough games along the way, but I'm thrilled to win the title and win the title in our first season.
"The players deserved a lot of credit and it was a season when we wanted to start by wanting a good season, but we soon realized that we had the opportunity to win and win.
"From there, it was about keeping the guys focused. We have done the job. The progress we have made over the last year around the club is great and everyone working at the club, including the fans, has helped to achieve this goal. "