ECHL Coach’s Biography
Jason Christie, Utah Grizzlies

This is the 23rd in a series of biographies on the head coaches of the 25 teams in the ECHL in 2006-07. will post a different coach’s biography each day.

Jason Christie is in his second season as head coach and director of hockey operations for the Utah Grizzlies, having been named to the position on June 14, 2005.

In their inaugural ECHL season in 2005-06, the Grizzlies were 36-30-6 and lost in the Kelly Cup Playoffs to Kelly Cup champion Alaska.

Christie, who came to Utah after five seasons as head coach and director of hockey operations for Peoria of the ECHL, is 253-131-48 in six seasons behind the bench and has led his teams to the Kelly Cup Playoffs in all but one season. He has the most wins in the 23-year history of Peoria hockey and ranks fifth among ECHL coaches in career wins. Christie was selected as a coach for the ECHL All-Star Game in his first season 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.

Jason and his wife, Kelley, live in the Salt Lake City suburb of Holladay with their two sons, J.D. and Jaxon.