June 14. 2018 12:40AM

Monarchs name USHL's Christiansen new coach

Staff report


Doug Christiansen 

Doug Christiansen, the director of player development and recruitment for the United States Hockey League for the last four years, is the new head coach of the Manchester Monarchs, the ECHL team announced on Wednesday.

“We are extremely excited to welcome someone with Doug’s experience and accomplishments to the Monarchs. Doug is familiar with our system and played for our team, and we’re looking forward to continuing the winning tradition we’ve become accustomed to here in Manchester,” said Brian Cheek, CEO of the Monarchs.

Christiansen succeeds Rich Seeley, who last week was named general manager of the Ontario (Calif.) Reign, the Los Angeles Kings’ AHL affiliate.

Before joining the USHL, Christiansen, 40, spent seven seasons as a head coach and director of hockey operations for three teams in the Elite Ice Hockey League in the United Kingdom, being named EIHL Coach of the Year twice.

Christiansen helped lead the Belfast Giants to a league championship in 2012 and a conference championship in 2013. In 2013-14, Christiansen served as the head coach of the Great Britain national team.

“Manchester is an organization with a proud tradition of success. I am excited to join the Manchester community and look forward to building a championship caliber team,” said Christiansen .

Christiansen, a native of Milwaukee, played professional hockey from 2002 to 2007, playing in the AHL, ECHL and United Hockey League. He played 104 games in the Los Angeles Kings system, including 99 with the Reading Royals of the ECHL and five with the Monarchs during their AHL days — two games in 2004-05 and three games in 2006-07.

Christiansen played college hockey at Union from 1998 to 2002, where he totaled 102 games and notched 28 points (16 goals, 12 assists), while racking up 134 penalty minutes.