By Sean Gordon (The Athletic)

The first thing new players usually noticed when they hopped onto the ice for practice was the coach’s hands.

Hockey gloves are an essential piece of equipment, players always wear them and so do coaches. Well, except for Jack “Tex” Evans.

“He used to wear, like, gardening gloves,” said John Anderson, a former Hartford Whalers forward and Atlanta Thrashers head coach.

Presumably, a comfort thing?

“I was never brave enough to ask him (why),” said Blue Jackets assistant coach Paul MacLean, who played for Evans in the St. Louis Blues’ minor league system.

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