Jason Christie begins his third year as Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations for the Peoria Rivermen Hockey Club.
Three years ago, his last season as a player, he led the Rivermen to the 2000 Kelly Cup Championship and was named co-Most Valuable Player of the Kelly Cup Playoffs.
Christie played seven professional seasons with 555 career games in the American Hockey League, the International Hockey League and the East Coast Hockey League.
Born in 1969 in Gibbons, Alberta, Christie began his playing career at the age of 17 with Saskatoon in the Western Hockey League where his teammates were former Rivermen and current National Hockey League players Tony Twist and Kelly Chase. Christie attended the Minnesota North Stars free-agent camp in 1990 before signing with the Columbus Chill of the ECHL in 1991. Christie became the third coach for the Rivermen since Peoria joined the ECHL following Mark Reeds (1996-99) and Don Granato (1999-2000).
Christie and his wife, Kelly, have a one-year-old son, J.D.