Doug Christiansen enters his first season as the Monarchs’ head coach and general manager after being named to the position on June 13, 2018. Christiansen joins the Monarchs after spending the past four years as the Director of Player Development & Recruitment for the United States Hockey League.
Before joining the USHL, Christiansen spent seven seasons as a head coach and director of hockey operations for three separate teams in the Elite Ice Hockey League in the United Kingdom, being named EIHL Coach of the Year twice. Christiansen helped lead the Belfast Giants to a league championship in 2012 and a conference championship in 2013. In 2013-14, Christiansen served as the head coach of the Great Britain National Team.
During his playing career, Christiansen played professional hockey from 2002-07, playing in the AHL, ECHL and UHL. Through the five years, he played 104 games in the Los Angeles Kings system, including 99 Reading in the ECHL and five with the Monarchs in the AHL. Christiansen played collegiate hockey at Union College from 1998-2002, where he totaled 102 games and scored 28 points (16g-12a), while racking up 134 penalty minutes.
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