That's likely to change after the team gave him a Christmas present, Tuesday.
The Blackhawks teamed with the USO to fly Handley home to Chicago for the holidays after he submitted an award-winning autobiography to his military superior. Handley is stationed in Okinawa, Japan and wasn't scheduled to come home until 2012 at the earliest.
"Someone told me if I wrote an autobiography the Blackhawks would send me home," Handley said in the Hawks locker room. "I didn't believe it. Being overseas we don't get a lot of opportunities to make it home because of the cost. But the Blackhawks gave me a ticket and all I had to do was take leave."
The return trip, however, was only half the surprise. Blackhawks officials arranged for a party at the United Center with Handley's family.
But they sold it as a ruse. No one told Handley's family that George would be in the building.
"They said we were coming to watch them practice and have a little celebration in honor of George being in the marines," his mother Brenda said. "When he came out that door I was like, wow!"
"They didn’t know about it, but we did," Toews said. "We were taking them around the room and could tell they were getting a bit bored with us so we thought it was time to bring out George."
Handley, who learned about hockey through fantasy sports leagues, received a customized jersey with his name emblazoned across the back and his family was treated to Blackhawks gear like hats and shirts.
But it was the reunion that meant the most.