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Mike Christie
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Position Defence
Height
Weight
6 ft 00 in (1.83 m)
190 lb (86 kg)
Teams Vancouver Canucks
Colorado Rockies
Cleveland Barons
California Seals
Nationality Flag of the United States American
Born (1949-12-20)December 20, 1949,
Big Spring, TX, USA
Died July 11, 2019 (aged 69),
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Pro Career 1974 – 1981

Michael Hunt Christie (December 20, 1949 – July 11, 2019) was a professional ice hockey defenseman who played 412 games in the National Hockey League for the California Seals, Cleveland Barons, Colorado Rockies, and Vancouver Canucks from 1974 to 1981.

Contents

  • 1 Biography
  • 2 Awards and honors
  • 3 Career statistics
    • 3.1 Regular season and playoffs
    • 3.2 International
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Biography

Born in Big Spring, Texas, and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Christie was the first native Texan to play in the NHL although it was strictly a technicality as his father was a Canadian citizen working for an American oil company and Mike grew up in Canada.[1]

Before turning professional, Christie played for the University of Denver men's ice hockey team, becoming a first team all-American in 1971 as well being chosen the US amateur national team at the 1972 Ice Hockey World Championship Pool B tournament. Undrafted, Christie was signed by the Chicago Black Hawks and played two minor league seasons with the Dallas Black Hawks (CHL), before being traded to the California Golden Seals in 1974. He made his NHL debut there at the start of the 1974-75 season and played until the franchise moved to Cleveland in 1977, becoming the Cleveland Barons. Christie was captain of the NHL's Colorado Rockies hockey team in the late 1970s, and his NHL career ended with the Vancouver Canucks in 1981.

He also represented the United States in the inaugural 1976 Canada Cup tournament.

Christie settled in Colorado after his hockey career ended, and started a second career as a sales representative that allowed him to enjoy his other athletic passion - golf. He represented several well-known brands, including Callaway and Top-Flite, before retiring in 2010.

Mike died of kidney disease in July 2019. He was married to his wife of 47 years, Molly (née Hamill), and had two daughters, Lisa and Colleen, a son Dan, and four grandchildren.[2]

Awards and honors

Award Year
All-WCHA First Team 1970–71 [3]
AHCA West All-American 1970–71 [4]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1968–69 University of Denver WCHA
1969–70 University of Denver WCHA 31 2 16 18 38
1970–71 University of Denver WCHA 36 8 25 33 57
1971–72 University of Denver WCHA
1972–73 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 32 5 11 16 51
1973–74 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 71 5 37 42 110 10 1 2 3 23
1974–75 California Golden Seals NHL 34 0 14 14 76
1975–76 California Golden Seals NHL 78 3 18 21 152
1976–77 Cleveland Barons NHL 79 6 27 33 79
1977–78 Cleveland Barons NHL 34 1 6 7 49
1977–78 Colorado Rockies NHL 35 2 8 10 28 2 0 0 0 0
1978–79 Colorado Rockies NHL 68 1 10 11 88
1979–80 Colorado Rockies NHL 74 1 17 18 78
1980–81 Colorado Rockies NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1980–81 Tulsa Oilers CHL 20 1 0 1 27
1980–81 Vancouver Canucks NHL 9 1 1 2 0
1980–81 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 40 2 20 22 95 6 0 3 3 10
CHL totals 163 13 68 81 283 16 1 5 6 33
NHL totals 412 15 101 116 550 2 0 0 0 0

International

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
1976 United States CC 4 0 0 0 2
Preceded by
Gary Croteau
Colorado Rockies captains
1980
Succeeded by
Rene Robert


External Links

References

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