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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, June 15, 2019 1:00 am

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Monarchs coach new coach of Fuel

The Indy Fuel introduced Doug Christiansen as their new head coach Friday.

Gary Graham, who was fired as the Komets' coach in May, had been under consideration for the job.

Christiansen, 41, had compiled a 39-29-4 record in his lone season as coach of the Manchester Monarchs, who folded after last season. The Monarchs lost in the second round of the playoffs to Newfoundland Growlers, the eventual champions.

“We are very excited to have Doug join the Fuel organization,” owner Jim Hallett said. “We were overwhelmed by the number of applicants during our extensive search for the next head coach. The top qualities we looked at were leadership, experience and the ability to recruit top talent.

“With Doug's experience both as a winning coach in Manchester and his ability to build relationships with players while serving as director of recruitment for the (U.S. Hockey League), we are confident he will build a victorious tradition in Indy and serve as a pillar in the community.”

The Komets will face the Fuel, a division rival, 11 times in the coming season.

“I am thrilled to join the Indy Fuel and Chicago Blackhawks organization,” Christiansen said. “The Fuel have a tremendous foundation from which to grow. Jim Hallett and the front office are committed to bringing a winner to Indy and I am thankful for the opportunity to coach the Fuel.”

– Justin A. Cohn, The Journal Gazette