Jason Christie was named the 11th head coach in Oilers franchise history in July of 2015 after spending the past four seasons as the head coach of the Ontario Reign. In each of his four seasons behind the Reign bench, Christie recorded 43 or more wins and qualified for the ECHL’s Kelly Cup Playoffs. He led Ontario to three consecutive Pacific Division titles and last season, Christie guided the Reign to a 43-19-10 regular season record and a berth in the Western Conference Finals.
A native of Gibbons, Alberta, Christie has been a head coach for 14 seasons in the ECHL and CHL. He boasts a career coaching record of 557-334-110 and has led his teams to a total of 11 postseason appearances. With 520 victories in the ECHL, Christie holds the league record for all-time coaching wins, previously held by John Marks.
Prior to his time in Ontario, Christie earned the Central Hockey League’s Coach of the Year award in the 2010-11 season for pushing the Bloomington Prairie Thunder to 37 wins and the franchise’s first playoff berth. Christie served two seasons as an assistant coach with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL after three successful years as the head coach of the Utah Grizzlies (ECHL). During his Utah tenure, Christie earned two playoff trips in three seasons and in 2007-08, he helped the Grizzlies to Kelly Cup Semi-Finals, the deepest playoff run in franchise history.
After playing his final season with the Peoria Rivermen of the ECHL in 1999-00, Christie was named the head coach of the Rivermen for the 2000-01 campaign. Christie pushed the Rivermen to four playoff appearances in five years and posted a winning record in each of his five seasons.
Christie played 572 games over a 10-year career with eight teams in the AHL, ECHL, IHL, and in England.
He and his wife Kelley have two sons, J.D. and Jaxon.
Markowitz began his professional coaching career as the Video Coach for the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps in 2014-15. He joined the Oilers in 2015-16 as Assistant Coach and his in his second season with the team.
The native of West Bloomfield, MI also served as the Video Coach for Finland’s Women’s National Team for the 2012-13 World Championships and the 2013-14 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Markowitz was a member of Finland’s coaching staff for the 2016 Under-18 Team that won gold at the U-18 World Championships. He attended the University of North Dakota from 2010-14, where he served as the Video Coach for UND’s Women’s team.