The Jacksonville IceMen announced that they have hired the ECHL’s all-time leader in career coaching wins, Jason Christie, as their Head Coach and Vice President of Hockey Operations. With over a decade of coaching in the ECHL, Christie has posted 547 career wins, and enters the 2017-18 season just one game behind John Marks for the most career games coached in the league with 1,007.
“When we announced the formation of the Jacksonville IceMen in February, we said we are committed to winning immediately,” explained IceMen President Bob Ohrablo. “When you are able to sign an ECHL coaching legend that has a proven track record as Jason does, that’s your man.”
Christie began his pro-level hockey career in 1991 in the ECHL with the Columbus Chill. As a tough, hardworking forward, he accumulated 146 goals and 230 assists and 1,122 penalty minutes in 555 games spread out over the ECHL, American Hockey League and International Hockey League. Christie retired as a player and began his coaching career with the ECHL’s Peoria Rivermen in 1999-2000. He has gone on to coach three other ECHL teams – the Utah Grizzlies, Ontario Reign and Tulsa Oilers.
“I am excited to bring my experience, recruiting network and, most importantly, a winning culture to the Jacksonville IceMen,” Christie said. “After learning about the incredible reception the team has gotten from the community and the ownership’s commitment to winning on the ice, I can’t wait to get started. I am committed to bringing Jacksonville fans a competitive culture and an exciting team.”