MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Manchester Monarchs, ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Los Angeles Kings, announced that Doug Christiansen will join the Monarchs as head coach and general manager for the 2018-19 season.
“We are extremely excited to welcome someone with Doug’s experience and accomplishments to the Monarchs. Doug is familiar with our system and played for our team, and we’re looking forward to continuing the winning tradition we’ve become accustomed to here in Manchester,” remarked Brian Cheek, CEO of the Manchester Monarchs.
“Having Rich as the Head Coach and GM of the Monarchs for the past three seasons has been great, and his success has led to an exciting new opportunity. And we are thrilled that we will still be working with him in Ontario, which can only help make the Monarchs even stronger” Cheek Continued.
Christiansen, a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 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.
“Manchester is an organization with a proud tradition of success. I am excited to join the Manchester community and look forward to building a championship caliber team,” Christiansen stated.
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 with the Reading Royals of 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.