Jason Christie, who guided the Bloomington PrairieThunder to their first playoff appearance and earned Central Hockey League Coach of Year honors last season, has accepted a head coaching job in the ECHL.

Christie was offered and accepted the position late Monday night from the Ontario Reign, an affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings in Ontario, Calif.

"It all happened so fast," Christie said this morning. "It's a great opportunity there, but it will be very hard to leave here."

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