IN 1967, THE COMMITTEE of Victoria's oldest surviving ice hockey club had a couple of B-grade trophies to show for 21 years of competition, but no A-grade premiership. At the helm were Bruce Charman, Kevin Gronow, and Laurie Luxmore who together that season took a decision that was to turn the tides of fortune. The young Canadian they enticed away from the Blackhawks to be their senior coach had only just arrived the year before, but he had been playing hockey back home for 24 years; since he was age 3 or 4. Born in 1943 in Canada, he grew up in Whitby Ontario and was a 23 year-old married accountant when he commenced a 5-year term as Head Coach of the Demons in the Victorian league, 1967 to 1971.
The Club's best player of his time, four times Highest Point Scorer and four times MVP, he introduced a handful of younger players to the A-Grade along with a new training regimen. He shaped them into a growing force, set-off on four-year quest, and returned home in 1970 bathed in the glory of that elusive A-grade grail. He won the Spot Lloyd Trophy that year, the league's top goal scorer, and the President's Medal, Victoria's highest award, for the third time in succession — 1968, 1969 and 1970. In 1972, he moved his young family to a new home nearby Iceland Ringwood in Melbourne's outer-east, then transferred to the Pirates where he became a committeeman and won that club's highest goal-scorer award.
He won five Goodall Cups representing Victoria — 1967, 1968, 1972, 1973 and 1976 — and the John Nicholas Trophy, the highest national ice hockey award. He became Alternate Captain of Australia in 1974 when the nation returned to the world stage after a decade away. The practice games in Holland and Germany in the lead-up to these Worlds at Grenoble in France had sharpened the squad's performance, and he was one of its notable players at the age of 31. He scored goals from the right wing or centre against Hungary and Bulgaria and also the opening goal in the defeat of North Korea, 4-1, to finish 7th of 8 in C-Pool. It was a time when Australia ranked 21st in the world. He also represented Australia (Victoria) in the 3-match series against West Germany (Jnr U21) Olympia 80 at Iceland Ringwood in 1977.
Ross Carpenter, 'Christie, Jim (1943 - )', Legends of Australian Ice, Melbourne, Australia, http://icelegendsaustralia.com/legends-2/bio_christie.html, accessed online .