This is the 22nd in a series of biographies on the head coaches of the 25 teams in the ECHL in 2005-06.
ECHL.com will post a different coach’s biography each weekday at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Jason Christie was named head coach of the Utah Grizzlies on June 14, 2005.
Christie comes to the Grizzlies after five seasons as head coach and director of hockey operations for Peoria. The 36-year-old Christie was 217-101-42 and led Peoria to the postseason four times, including the conference finals in 2001. His 217 wins are the most in the 23-year history of Peoria hockey. Christie was selected to coach in the ECHL All-Star Game in his first season in 2000-01 and returned for the 2004 All-Star Game. His teams recorded 40 wins in each of his first four seasons, including a team-record 48 wins and 103 points in 2002-03.
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, Kelly, have a son, J.D.