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Ex-Union player Christiansen named Great Britain national hockey coach

Former Union College hockey player Doug Christiansen was named the new head coach of the Great Britain national team last Tuesday.

"Being named GB coach is the biggest honor of my hockey career," Christiansen said in a statement. "I am absolutely thrilled by the appointment."

Christiansen has been coaching in Great Britain since 2007-08, when he was a player-coach of Edinburgh Capitals. He spent the last three seasons coaching the Belfast Giants, winning the Elite League title in 2011-12. Christiansen is a two-time Elite League Coach of the Year winner.

This season, Christiansen will coach the Sheffield Steelers in the Elite League.

Christiansen was a forward and defenseman for the Dutchmen from 1998-2002. He had 16 goals and 12 assists in 102 career games.

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