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.