This is the 25th in a series of biographies on the 28 men behind the benches of the ECHL in 2004-05.
Tuesday: Todd Gordon of the Louisiana IceGators
The ECHL recently asked each of its 28 coaches a series of six questions.
Here are the answers given by Peoria’s Jason Christie.
Best player you have coached?
Best player who you played with during your career?
Kevin Kaminski (big heart)
What is the toughest ECHL rink for a visiting team?
Cajundome in Lafayette, Louisiana
If you weren’t a hockey coach, what profession would you like to try?
Who is the person you admire most?
My mom and dad
Your ideal golf foursome would have?
Wayne Gretzky, Garth Brooks and Glen Sather
Jason Christie is in his fifth season ad head coach and director of hockey operations for Peoria, the longest tenure for a head coach since the Rivermen joined the ECHL in 1996-97. In four seasons with Peoria, the 35-year-old Christie is 179-75-34 and has the best winning percentage (.681) of any coach in the team’s ECHL history. He has led Peoria to the Kelly Cup Playoffs each of his four seasons, including the 2001 Northern Conference Finals. Selected as a coach for the ECHL All-Star Game in 2001 and 2004, Christie is the only coach in Peoria’s ECHL history to reach the 100-point plateau, accomplishing the feat for the first time in 2000-01 (100 points) and repeating it in 2002-03 (103 points). In 2002-03, Peoria led the league with a team-record 48 wins and finished one point behind Toledo with a team-record 103 points. Christie led Peoria to the 2000 Kelly Cup Championship earning co-Most Valuable Player honors. Christie played 10 professional seasons, including five in the AHL and the International Hockey League where he scored 172 points (58g-114a) in 305 games. Prior to becoming a professional, Christie scored 290 points (115g-175a) in 279 games with Saskatoon in the Western Hockey League. Christie and his wife, Kelly, reside in East Peoria with their son, J.D.