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Behind the ECHL Benches – Jason Christie


Jason Christie is his first season as head coach of Tulsa after being named to the position on July 23, 2015. Christie joins the Oilers after spending the last four seasons with the Ontario Reign. He led the Reign to the Kelly Cup Playoffs in each of his four seasons with the club, and last season the Reign reached the Western Conference Finals. The Reign had four straight 40-plus win seasons and three consecutive Pacific Division titles during Christie’s time behind the bench.

Christie is 483-282-98 in 12 seasons as an ECHL head coach with Peoria, Utah and Ontario, and has advanced to the Kelly Cup Playoffs on 10 occasions, while winning 40 or more games eight times. He enters the 2015-16 season second in league history with 483 wins, trailing all-time leader John Marks by just eight wins, and his 863 games coached ranks fourth in ECHL history. He is third in ECHL postseason history with 88 games coached while his 43 postseason wins are tied for sixth all-time. Christie was selected as a coach for the ECHL All-Star Game in his first season in 2000-01 and returned for the 2004 All-Star Game.

He was an assistant coach with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League in 2008-09 and 2009-10 before being named head coach of the Central Hockey League’s Bloomington PrairieThunder in 2010-11. He led Bloomington to a 37-22-7 record and the team’s first postseason appearance on his way to being named the CHL Coach of the Year.

Christie played the last of his 10 professional seasons with Peoria and led the Rivermen to the 2000 Kelly Cup championship, earning co-Most Valuable Player honors. He played five seasons in the American Hockey League and the International Hockey League, scoring 172 points (58g-114a) in 305 games.

Before turning pro, he scored 290 points (115g-175a) in 279 games with Saskatoon in the Western Hockey League. Christie and his wife, Kelley, are parents of two sons, J.D. and Jaxon.

 

Coaching Record Reg. Season Playoffs
Season Team Gms. W L T Gms. W L
2000-01 Peoria Rivermen (ECHL) 72 45 17 10 14 9 5
2001-02 Peoria Rivermen (ECHL) 72 41 23 8 5 2 3
2002-03 Peoria Rivermen (ECHL) 72 48 17 7 4 1 3
2003-04 Peoria Rivermen (ECHL) 72 45 18 9 8 4 4
2004-05 Peoria Rivermen (ECHL) 72 38 26 8
2005-06 Utah Grizzlies (ECHL) 72 36 30 6 4 0 4
2006-07 Utah Grizzlies (ECHL) 72 22 42 8
2007-08 Utah Grizzlies (ECHL) 72 32 30 10 15 8 7
2010-11 Bloomington (CHL) 66 37 22 7 3 0 3
2011-12 Ontario Reign (ECHL)   72 43 21 8   5 2 3
2012-13 Ontario Reign (ECHL)   72 46 19 7   10 6 4
2013-14 Ontario Reign (ECHL)   71 44 21 7   4 0 4
2014-15 Ontario Reign (ECHL)   72 43 19 10   19 11 8
ECHL Totals 863 483 282 98 88 43 45