Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jeff Christian
Jeff Christian was chosen in the second round of the 1988 NHL Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils, 23rd overall. He played Junior B hockey with the Dundas Blues in 1986-87 before playing his major junior hockey in London with the OHL's Knights for nearly three years. Midway through the 1989-90 season, he was traded to the Owen Sound Platers.

The advanced scouting report on him was that he was a big, strong winger who still needed to "fill out substantially" as one scout put it. The knock on his game was that he had slow acceleration but his physical and mental toughness were never put into question.

Christian got his first chance at playing in the NHL in 1991-92 when he played two games with the Devils. He did not get another shot at the NHL until 1994-95 when he played one game with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The following year, the Pens used him in three games. He had eleven starts for Pittsburgh in 1996-97 and he scored the only four points of his NHL career, two goals and two assists.

For the past two years, Christian has been living in Germany where he continues to play pro hockey with the Krefeld Penguins.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1986-87 Dundas Blues ON-Jr.C 29 20 34 54 42
1987-88 London Knights OHL 64 15 29 44 154 9 1 5 6 27
1988-89 London Knights OHL 60 27 30 57 221 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 New Jersey Devils NHL 2 0 0 0 2 0
1991-92 Utica Devils AHL 76 27 24 51 198 4 0 0 0 16
1992-93 Utica Devils AHL 22 4 6 10 39
1992-93 Hamilton Canucks AHL 11 2 5 7 35
1992-93 Cincinnati Cyclones IHL 36 5 12 17 113
1993-94 Albany River Rats AHL 76 34 43 77 227 5 1 2 3 19
1994-95 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 56 13 24 37 126 2 0 1 1 8
1994-95 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1995-96 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 3 0 0 0 2 0
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 -3
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 -1
1997-98 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 30 12 15 27 90 -17 4 2 2 4 20
1998-99 Houston Aeros IHL 80 45 41 86 252 +24 18 4 12 16 32
1999-00 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 77 29 35 64 202 +8 9 1 4 5 20
2000-01 Krefeld Pinguine Germany 51 17 22 39 205
2001-02 Krefeld Pinguine Germany 53 31 18 49 116 3 2 0 2 12
2002-03 DEG Metro Stars Dusseldorf Germany 42 12 14 26 93 5 1 3 4 16
2003-04 Hannover Scorpions Germany 50 11 15 26 94 5 2 1 3 16
NHL Totals 18 2 2 4 17


Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, August 2, 1994. Signed as a free agent by Phoenix, July 28, 1997. Signed as a free agent by Chicago, August 25, 1999.