Behind the ECHL Benches – Jason Christie, Ontario Reign

Jason Christie enters his second season as head coach and director of hockey operations for Ontario after being named to the position on Aug. 23, 2011. In his first season with the club, Christie led the Reign to the Pacific Division title and their first Kelly Cup Playoffs appearance in three years. Christie is 350-224-74 in nine seasons as an ECHL head coach with Peoria, Utah and Ontario, and has advanced to the Kelly Cup Playoffs on seven occasions, while winning 40 or more games five times. He ranks fourth in league history with 350 wins and is fifth with 648 games coached. 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) 7243218 523
ECHL Totals 648 350 224 74 55 26 29