Jeff Christian

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Jeff Christian
Born (1970-07-30) July 30, 1970 (age 43)
Burlington, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 225 lb (102 kg; 16 st 1 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for NHL
New Jersey Devils
Pittsburgh Penguins
Phoenix Coyotes
IHL
Cincinnati Cyclones
Cleveland Lumberjacks
Las Vegas Thunder
Houston Aeros
AHL
Utica Devils
Albany River Rats
Cleveland Barons
Rockford IceHogs
CHL
Youngstown Steelhounds
Tulsa Oilers
Missouri Mavericks
Mississippi RiverKings
Evansville IceMen
DEL
Krefeld Penguins
DEG Metro Stars
EIHL
Sheffield Steelers
NHL Draft 23rd overall, 1988
New Jersey Devils
Playing career 1990–2011

Jeffrey Christian (born July 30, 1970 in Burlington, Ontario) is a Canadian retired Canadian ice hockey Left Winger. He played 18 games in the National Hockey League for the New Jersey Devils, Pittsburgh Penguins and the Phoenix Coyotes.

Playing career[edit]

Christian was drafted 23rd overall by the New Jersey Devils in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft and played two games for New Jersey during the 1991-92 season, scoring no points. He mostly spent his tenure in the American Hockey League with the Utica Devils and then the Albany River Rats. He then went on to play 15 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins over three seasons, scoring 2 goals and 2 assists during the 1996-97 season. He mostly played for the Cleveland Lumberjacks where he posted huge numbers, including 40 goals and 40 assists in 66 games during the 1996-97 IHL season. Christian played one more game in the NHL for the Phoenix Coyotes before spending two more years in the IHL for the Houston Aeros and again with the Lumberjacks. Christian then moved to Europe, spending four seasons in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga for the Krefeld Pinguine, DEG Metro Stars, and Hannover Scorpions. He then spent one season in the Elite Ice Hockey League in the United Kingdom for the Sheffield Steelers. Christian moved back to North America, joining the Central Hockey League's Youngstown Steelhounds before joining the Tulsa Oilers, also of the CHL. After two very successful seasons with the Tulsa Oilers, Jeff signed with and became the first player in team history for the CHL expansion team the Missouri Mavericks for the 2009-10 season.[1] He also served as an Assistant Coach for the Mavericks during his tenure with the team.[1]

On September 11, 2010, he signed a deal to play for the Mississippi RiverKings of the CHL, as they played in Southaven, Mississippi, which is located twenty minutes away from Memphis, Tennessee, where his daughter Ryan, who had been fighting cancer, was being treated at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.[2] On February 22, 2011, the RiverKings waived Christian, but he was picked up on waivers the next day by the Evansville IceMen, also of the CHL.[3][4]

Personal life[edit]

Born in Burlington, Ontario, Jeff spent the first 7 years of his life in the tough east end of Hamilton, Ontario, where he later trained at the famous McGory's boxing gym as a teen. Son of Hamilton Tiger-Cats Tight End Gord Christian, Jeff moved to the small village of Mount Hope and played Hockey year round with his five brothers. Three of these brothers, Gord, Brandon, and Michael, played professional hockey. Jeff started the Jeff Christian Charitable Foundation that currently benefits children in the Tulsa area.

After being signed with the Missouri Mavericks, he lived in the Kansas City suburb of Blue Springs, Missouri with his wife, Dorie and daughter, Ryan. While playing with the Mavericks, Jeff's daughter Ryan was diagnosed with Pediatric Adrenalcortical Carcinoma, a rare cancer. Ryan was treated at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.[2]

Christian retired after the 2010-2011 Central Hockey League season.[5] After retiring, Christian and his family moved to the Columbus Ohio area. On January 24, 2012 Ryan lost her three year battle with cancer. The Team Ryan Charitable Foundation for Pediatric Cancer Research has been established to honor Ryan, raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer research.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1987–88 London Knights OHL 64 15 29 44 154 9 1 5 6 27
1988–89 London Knights OHL 60 27 31 58 216 20 3 4 7 56
1989–90 London Knights OHL 18 14 7 21 64
1989–90 Owen Sound Platers OHL 37 19 26 45 145 10 6 7 13 43
1990–91 Utica Devils AHL 80 24 42 66 165
1991–92 Utica Devils AHL 76 27 24 51 198 4 0 0 0 16
1991–92 New Jersey Devils NHL 2 0 0 0 2
1992–93 Cincinnati Cyclones IHL 36 5 12 17 113
1992–93 Utica Devils AHL 22 4 6 10 39
1992–93 Hamilton Canucks AHL 11 2 5 7 35
1993–94 Albany River Rats AHL 76 34 43 77 227 5 1 2 3 19
1994–95 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1994–95 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 56 13 24 37 126 2 0 1 1 8
1995–96 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 3 0 0 0 2
1995–96 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 66 23 32 55 131 3 0 1 1 8
1996–97 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 11 2 2 4 13
1996–97 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 69 40 40 80 262 12 6 8 14 44
1997–98 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1997–98 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 30 12 15 27 90 4 2 2 4 20
1998–99 Houston Aeros IHL 80 45 41 86 252 18 4 12 16 32
1999–00 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 77 29 35 64 202 9 1 4 5 20
2000–01 Krefeld Penguins DEL 51 17 22 39 205
2001–02 Krefeld Penguins DEL 53 31 18 49 116 3 2 0 2 12
2002–03 DEG Metro Stars DEL 42 12 15 27 93 5 1 3 4 16
2003–04 Hannover Scorpions DEL 50 11 15 26 94
2004–05 Sheffield Steelers EIHL 52 19 30 49 139
2005–06 Youngstown Steelhounds CHL 64 55 52 107 126
2005–06 Cleveland Barons AHL 3 0 1 1 6
2006–07 Youngstown Steelhounds CHL 61 38 78 116 125 6 5 5 10 17
2007–08 Tulsa Oilers CHL 64 24 59 83 107
2008–09 Tulsa Oilers CHL 56 27 49 76 92
2008–09 Rockford IceHogs AHL 5 1 0 1 4
2009–10 Missouri Mavericks CHL 55 29 49 78 110 7 1 8 9 6
2010–11 Mississippi RiverKings CHL 52 14 25 39 42
2010–11 Evansville IceMen CHL 15 8 11 19 20
NHL totals 18 2 2 4 17

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Hillman Happy to Land Former MVP Christian". The Examiner. July 3, 2013. Retrieved June 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Mississippi Bound: Former All-Star Christian Signs with RiverKings". The Examiner. 2010-09-11. Retrieved 2010-09-11. 
  3. ^ "RiverKings Waive Jeff Christian". OurSportsCentral.com. 2011-02-22. Retrieved 2011-03-17. 
  4. ^ "IceMen Obtain Star LW Jeff Christian". OurSportsCentral.com. 2011-02-23. Retrieved 2011-03-17. 
  5. ^ "Ryan Christian Perseveres Through Cancer Fight". The Examiner. December 26, 2011. Retrieved April 15, 2012. 

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