USHL Announces Doug Christiansen as Deputy Commissioner
September 20, 2022 - United States Hockey League (USHL) News Release
The United States Hockey League (USHL) announced Tuesday the hiring of Doug Christiansen as the League's new Deputy Commissioner, effective immediately. In his role, Christiansen will be responsible for all USHL Hockey Operations and USHL properties. In addition to managing the League Directors, Christiansen will be the primary point of contact for USA Hockey, NHL Central Scouting and FloHockey.
"Doug Christiansen brings such a diverse set of skills and expertise to the USHL," said USHL President and Commissioner Bill Robertson. "We welcome Doug into the USHL Deputy Commissioner role and truly believe he will make an immediate and great impact on our league."
Christiansen returns to the USHL, where he previously spent four years as the Director of Player Development and Recruitment (2014-18). In his role, Christiansen was responsible for recruiting players from around the world to play in the USHL, helped develop current keystone events such as the USHL Fall Classic and Frosty Cup, and was responsible for operating USHL Combines and player showcases.
"I am thrilled to be back in the USHL. I am a firm believer in the League as a former player and employee," said Christiansen. "The USHL is instrumental in the growth and development of many of the best young players in the world both on and off the ice. I am excited to work with Bill Robertson and the League ownership to build upon an extremely strong foundation and continue to grow the League in local communities and throughout the hockey world."
Between USHL stints, Christiansen spent four seasons as a General Manager and Head Coach in the ECHL, beginning with the Manchester Monarchs in the 2018-19 season followed by the past three seasons with the Indy Fuel. In his ECHL roles, Christiansen managed hockey operations departments including the hiring and managing of staffs, maintained operations budgets, executed player transactions and planned team travel. Behind the bench, Christiansen amassed a 39-29-2-2 record with the Monarchs and led the team to the Division Finals. His 2020-21 Fuel team set a franchise record for wins and earned the first playoff victory in franchise history.
Prior to the USHL, Christiansen served as a Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations for the Edinburgh Capitals (2007-10), Belfast Giants (2010-13) and Sheffield Steelers (2013-14).
On the ice, the Milwaukee, Wisc. native spent two seasons with the Green Bay Gamblers (1996-98). His first season with the Gamblers ended with a Clark Cup Final appearance under Head Coach Don Granato, the current Head Coach of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres. Christiansen went on to play four seasons at Union College (1998-02) before an eight-year professional career in the American Hockey League (AHL), ECHL, UHL and overseas in the EIHL.
Christiansen earned his Master's Degree in Sports Management from University of Edinburgh after completing a Bachelor's Degree at Union College. He currently resides in Carmel, Ind. with his wife Meghan and their two children, Maeve and Connor.
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