Ontario Reign head coach selected as All-ECHL 2nd Team Coach

ONTARIO, CA – The Ontario Reign, proud affiliate of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, is proud to announce that head coach, Jason Christie, has been selected by ECHL organization representatives and members of the media as the All-ECHL second-team coach.

In his first year with the Ontario Reign, Christie has turned the team around bringing them from a last place league standing to first place division, second place conference, and third place league standings during the 2011-12 season. The team has continued to break franchise records throughout the season and has made the Kelly Cup Playoffs after a two year absence.

On February 4 2012, Christie became the fourth most winning coach in ECHL history with a 6-4 victory over the Utah Grizzlies marking his 333rd ECHL win. The Reign’s 3-2 shootout-win over the Idaho Steelheads on March 17, 2012 broke the franchise record of most wins in a regular season being the 39th. Under Christie’s command, Ontario broke their previously held franchise record of 214 goals-for on March 13 with their 215th goal of the season.

“Jason has done an exemplary job here this season and is very deserving of being recognized amongst the league’s best,” said Reign president, Justin Kemp. “We’re very fortunate to have a head coach like Jason behind our bench, leading a team that competes every night and has us in a position to compete for our first ever Kelly Cup Championship.”

Prior to joining the Reign in the summer of 2011, the Gibbons, Alberta native led the CHL’s Bloomington PrairieThunder’s 2010-11 team to a 37-22-7 record and their first postseason appearance. That year, Christie was named CHL Coach of the Year. From 2008-10 Christie was the Assistant Coach of the AHL’s Chicago Wolves.

During his professional coaching debut in the 2000-01 season, Christie was selected to coach the ECHL All-Star game and began a five season run with the ECHL’s Peoria Rivermen. He took the Rivermen to four postseason appearances in those five seasons. In 2005 Christie moved to behind the Utah Grizzlies’ bench for three seasons where he twice took the team to the playoffs.

Christie played 10 seasons of professional hockey as forward between the ECHL, IHL and AHL, and in his final season took the Peoria Rivermen to the Kelly Cup championship as a player and assistant coach and assisted the game-winning goal.

(note: the above press release was issued by the Ontario Reign earlier today)

Earlier this season, Reign President Justin Kemp stoMayorsManor .  You can find that interview here.

Recent Articles

carter-jeff-kings-50th-anniversary

NHL Radio Replay: Hoven on Kings MVP, Gaborik Injury, Sharks Rivalry

Follow @mayorNHL
//
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on NHL Network Radio, where he joined hosts Scott Laughlin and Jim ‘Boomer’ Gordon, to discuss the Kings and Sharks. Some of the topics touched on included: Jeff Carter, Anze Kopitar, Marian Gaborik, Nic Dowd, Alec Martinez, Jake Muzzin, Jonathan Quick, Peter Budaj, roster moves, injuries, […]

Sirius XM NHL Network

NHL Radio Replay: Hoven, Davis, Bernstein, Pagnotta after Kings-Ducks

Follow @mayorNHL
//
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven and Jonathan Davis on NHL Network Radio following the Kings-Ducks game in Anaheim, where they were joined by Dennis Bernstein and Dave Pagnotta of The Fourth Period magazine, as well as actor Michael Rosenbaum, and a host of other special guests. Some of the topics discussed […]

doughty_lewis_andy_article

Kings – Pacific Division Pretender Or Contender?

There’s an old adage in hockey that says you can’t win a division in the first month of the season, but you sure can lose it. Through the first 15 games of the 2016-17 season, the LA Kings may not be eliminated from Pacific Division contention, but the road to the title is going to be […]

Major News Items

LAK Prospect No 1

LA Kings 2015-16 Prospect Rankings: No. 1 Revealed

We're finally ready to announce the name of which Los Angeles Kings prospect has nabbed the No. 1 spot in our bi-annual rankings of the team's future hopefuls. After working our way through a handful of Honorable … [Read More...]

More Prospect News