|Michael Hunt Christie
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 190 pounds
Born: 12.20.49 Big Spring, Texas
|How he arrived: Traded by the Cleveland Barons for Dennis O'Brien, 1.12.78
How he left: Traded to the Vancouver Canucks for cash, 12.8.80
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
As expansion in the NHL came to be in the 60s and 70s, more opportunities for growth of the sport in the United States
presented itself. I thought a pro from Texas was unusual when Brian Leetch (born in Corpus Christi) made it, and that
was only a few years before the North Stars moved to Dallas. A pro from Texas in Christie's time: there's a jaw dropper
for ya. (As a side note, he was raised in Calgary, as his father was Canadian, which was likely how he became interested
in the game.)
While he did play on some less than successful teams with the Seals/Barons franchise, he did prove his worth as a solid
defender. He also showed then Rockies coach Don Cherry some accountability in taking on a heavyweight in Atlanta
Flames' Bill Bennett after crosschecking Blaine Stoughton into the boards hard. He was already the captain of the
Rockies at the time, but that's evidence, according to Christie, as to why he was chosen.
He was traded to Vancouver in the 80-81 season, and even then, he was already playing frequently in the minors. He
would retire at season's end.
|Playoff Statistics with the Franchise