Mike Christie
Position Defence
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
Pro Career 1974 – 1981

Michael Hunt Christie (born December 20, 1949 in Big Spring, Texas and raised in Calgary, Alberta; died July 11, 2019) was a retired professional ice hockey defenceman who played 412 games in the National Hockey League for the California Seals, Cleveland Barons, Colorado Rockies, and Vancouver Canucks in 1974–1981. He was the first native of Texas 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 he grew up in Canada. Christie did represented the United States in the inaugural 1976 Canada Cup tournament, however.

Before turning professional, he played for the University of Denver men's ice hockey team as well as the US amateur national team at the 1972 World Championship Pool B tournament.

He turned pro with the Dallas Black Hawks in 1972 and joined the Seals in 1974. Christie played two seasons for the Seals and then a season and a half for the Barons. The Rockies traded Dennis O'Brien for him in the middle of the 1977-78 season.

Rockies coach Don Cherry named him the team Captain in 1979-80. However, he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks in the 1980-81 season. Christie only played one game for the Canucks. After playing the bulk of that season for the Dallas Black Hawks, he retired in 1981.

He played in 412 NHL games, scoring 15 goals and 101 assists with 550 penalty minutes.

He passed away on July 11, 2019 at the age of 69 after a battle with chronic kidney disease.[1]

Preceded by
Gary Croteau
Colorado Rockies captains
Succeeded by
Rene Robert

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