Drafted in 1976 by both the Atlanta Flames of the National Hockey League and the Calgary Cowboys of the World Hockey Association, Shand also played for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Washington Capitals.
Shand was selected in the first round of the 1976 NHL draft by the Atlanta Flames, and was the number 8 overall NHL pick.
On April 1, 1978, he tied the Atlanta/Calgary single-game record (since broken) for assists in one game with four, versus the New York Rangers. He also tied the Atlanta/Calgary single-game record (since broken) with three assists in a period, versus the New York Rangers on Jan. 20, 1978. Shand missed the start of 1984-85 season with a cracked sinus bone and facial laceration, suffered when he was hit below his left eye by a Scott Stevens shot during Washington's 1984 training camp. He retired in 1989.
Dave Shand was an assistant coach for the University of Michigan Wolverine Hockey team under head coach Red Berenson from 1989 to 1993. During his tenure as assistant coach, the team went to three straight Frozen Four college hockey tournaments.
Highly educated with several degrees including a law degree from the University of Michigan, Shand has also taught sports law at the University's Division of Kinesiology. His classes have been extremely popular.
Shand hosted "In The Locker Room," a morning drive radio show on WTKA-AM out of Ann Arbor, Michigan until April 23, 2007. Fans of Shand also had an internet site dedicated to clips and information about the show. Shand's commentaries and his life's stories were featured regularly during the radio show.
According to Michigan football blog MVictors.com, Shand was fired from WTKA because he criticized the University of Michigan and the athletic director of the university threatened to pull coverage of Michigan football from the radio station unless he was fired.
Following his departure from WTKA, Shand made a seamless transition into law. He is well known in Michigan as a prominent attorney in private practice.