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Jeff Christian (born July 30, 1970 in Burlingtonmarker, Ontariomarker) is a Canadianmarker ice hockey Left Winger who played 18 games in the National Hockey League for the New Jersey Devils, Pittsburgh Penguins and the Phoenix Coyotes. He currently plays for the Tulsa Oilers of the Central Hockey League.

Hockey career

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 back with the Lumberjacks. Christian then moved to Europe, spending four seasons in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga for the Krefeld Pinguine, DEG Metro Stars and the Hannover Scorpions. He then spent one season in the Elite Ice Hockey League in the United Kingdommarker for the Sheffield Steelers. Christian moved back to North America, joining the CHL's Youngstown Steelhounds before joining the Tulsa Oilers.After two very successful with the Tulsa Oilers, Jeff joined the latest CHL team the Missouri Mavericks. Jeff has served as player/assistant coach during his tenure in the CHL.

Personal life

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.

He currently lives in the Kansas City suburb of Blue Springs, Missouri with his wife, Dorie and daughter, Ryan.

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