Height: 6' 1", Weight: 210 pounds
Born: 7.30.70 Burlington, Ontario
|How he arrived: Via Entry Draft
How he left: Signed as a free agent by the Pittsburgh Penguins, 8.2.94
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
I don't remember Christian when he came to New Jersey. I DO know the name, though, thanks to having watched the old
AHL recap show Rinkside when I was younger. Yup, old #9 for the Utica Devils.
The Devils in the early 90s were getting deep on power forwards, so there wasn't any room for Christian to play in the
bigs. (His skating ability was often put to question by scouts.) Thus, he spent most of his time in the organization in the
AHL... and had productive years, I should add, garnering 3 20+ goal years and 50+ point seasons, the best season being
his last season in 93-94 with Albany, scoring 34-43-77 that season.
He was a career minor leaguer, but did see some NHL games with Pittsburgh and Phoenix as well as the Devils. After
finishing the 99-00 season with the IHL's Cleveland Lumberjacks, he played four seasons in the German League and one
in England. When he came back to North America, he largely played in the CHL up until his retirement in 2011.
While he played for the Tulsa Oilers, he started the Jeff Christian Charitable Foundation, which is set up to benefit
children in Tulsa.
He joined the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL as an assistant coach during the 15-16 season. During the summer of 2016,
after taking over as the head man on an interim basis and going to the Kelly Cup finals, he was promoted to head coach.
|Entry Draft: 1988 Second Round Pick (23rd overall) by the
New Jersey Devils