In July of 2019, Mike Christie, a former Pioneer and NHL hockey player passed away at age 69 following a long battle with chronic kidney disease. Christie played three seasons with the Pioneers from 1969-1972, where he helped lead the Crimson & Gold to back-to-back Frozen Four appearances and WCHA championships as an all-American player. He then went play 412 NHL games in a pro career that extended to 1981. He later helped to promote youth hockey in Colorado in his post hockey career in the golf equipment business.
Christie was always a proud Pioneer, and we’re expecting a good crowd of former Pioneers from multiple hockey eras to attend the celebration of Christie’s life, to be held on Thursday, Aug. 29 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Meridian Golf Club (9742 South Meridian Blvd in Englewood) with a program beginning at 6 p.m. Appetizers and a cash bar will be provided. In lieu of flowers, the family requests considering making a donation to the National Kidney Foundation in Christie’s memory.