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Terry Christensen is a native of the State of Minnesota where the game of ice hockey is arguably the biggest spectator sport. The state is known for many players that have had Hall of Fame careers and for producing more skaters in the NHL than any other state in the USA.
The most notable is John Mariucci, a former head coach of the University of Minnesota, USA Olympic Coach and assistant general manager of the Minnesota North Stars, Walter Busch, a former Chairman of the Board for USA Hockey who almost single handedly was responsible for making women’s hockey an Olympic event, Herb Brooks the coach for the 1980 Gold Medal Miracle on Ice and finally Phil Housley who was recently elected to the NHL Hall of Fame and is the current head coach of the Buffalo Sabre’s.
Terry was very fortunate to have met and spent time with all the above people and admired the dedication and love that all of them had for the great game of Hockey. They were all very personable and sharing of their knowledge of the game. They all wanted the players and game to develop and had an incredible passion to see the game grow in both the number of people playing and the quality of the coaching and teaching of the fundamental skills.
Terry is currently the vice president of the Firebirds. Throughout his career, he has coached or managed hockey at elite levels for more than 30 years. His coaching experience includes Division I college, USA National Jr., Czech National Jr. and professional hockey as an assistant, head coach, and director of player personnel.
During these experiences, he has worked with some of the best coaches in the game including the Hall of Fame Coach Ron Mason at Michigan State University, George Gwozdecky, former Head Coach at Denver University and winner of (2) consecutive NCAA Championships and Dave Peterson who was a head coach for several USA Hockey Olympic and National Teams. In addition to this, in 2010, he was the first American to receive an opportunity to work with some of the top coaches and management in the Czech Republic as an Assistant Coach for their U-20 National Team in the 2011 World Junior Championships.
Terry has also worked at a number of NHL Development Camps including the Chicago Blackhawks, under the guidance of head coach Mike Keenan, the Detroit Red Wings and Florida Panthers under the guidance of the late general manager Bryan Murray and the Columbus Blue Jackets under the guidance of general manager Doug MacLean.
“Like every team in the OHL, it is our goal to win a league championship,” Christensen said. “I look forward to the challenges and the hard work ahead to achieve that.”