INDY FUEL HOCKEY OPERATIONS STAFF

 


 

Doug Christiansen - Head Coach and General Manager

Doug2019.jpgA native of Elm Grove, Wisconsin, Christiansen enters his 9th season as a head coach and his first the Fuel after leading the Manchester Monarchs to the Divisional Final of the Kelly Cup Playoffs. In addition to success as a team, the Monarchs also led the league in AHL call-ups with 14 different players earning opportunities in the AHL throughout the 2018-19 season. 

Before embarking on his coaching career in the ECHL, Christiansen served as the Director of Player Development and Recruitment for the United States Hockey League the top junior ice hockey league in the United States.

Christiansen started his coaching career in Europe with the Edinburgh Capitals where he was named EIHL Coach of the Year in 2009. The following season, Christiansen became the head coach of the Belfast Giants, leading the Giants to a league title in 2012 and a play-off final appearance in 2013. Christiansen also served as the head coach for the Great Britain National Team in 2013-14. 

Prior to coaching and recruitment Christiansen enjoyed pro stints in the AHL, ECHL, UHL and Italy. 

Andy Contois - Assistant Coach

Andy2019.jpgContois makes his professional coaching debute after spending the last four seasons coaching at the junior level.  The native of Marquette, Michigan spent the past two seasons as assistant coach of the USHL’s Central Illinois Flying Aces. Prior to his time with the Flying Aces Contois was the assistant coach of the Brookings Blizzard in the North American Hockey League where he recruited and coached 7 NHL Draft Picks, including the Blackhawks Mikael Hakkarainen.

As a player, Contois had a nine year professional career after playing 4 seasons at  Northern Michigan University of the CCHA.  He played three seasons in the ECHL between the Gwinnett Gladiators, Stockton Thunder, Mississippi SeaWolves and Johnstown Chiefs, while earning a spot in the 2008 ECHL All-Star Game, followed by 6 seasons overseas in Europe. He also played Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs in the Central Hockey League where he helped the Mudbugs to a Miron Cup in the 2010-2011 season.

Darrin Flinchem – Equipment Manager

Flinchy2019.jpgA long-time mainstay in the Indianapolis hockey scene, Flinchem’s involvement with hockey in the Circle City dates back to 1995 when he served as the assistant equipment manager for the IHL’s Indianapolis Ice. Other previous stops for Flinchem include the Jacksonville Lizard Kings (ECHL) four years with the Indianapolis Ice (CHL) winning the Miron Cup and ten years with the Indiana Ice (USHL) winning two Clark Cups. 

During his time with the Indiana Ice, Flinchem was also called upon to represent the United States at the World Junior “A” Challenge, winning five gold medals and two bronze medals with the USA Hockey Select squad.

George Bullock, Jr., LAT, ATC – Athletic Trainer,

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A 24-year veteran of professional hockey, Bullock returns for his sixth season as the Fuel’s athletic trainer. A native of Lebanon, N.Y., Bullock is employed by Community Health Network and is responsible for the medical needs, both on and off the ice, for the Fuel players. He is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association.

Bullock has worked over 1,500 professional hockey games in his career, including stints in the ECHL with the Stockton Thunder, Bakersfield Condors, Greensboro Generals and Louisville RiverFrogs. In the Central Hockey League (CHL) with the Wichita Thunder and Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs. During the 2010-2011 season, the Mudbugs won the CHL Ray Miron President's Cup Championship and that team included the Fuel's new assistant coach, Andy Contois. Bullock was also honored to serve as athletic trainer for the 2004 CHL All-Star Game and 2018 ECHL All-Star Game hosted in Indianapolis.

Victor Reyes – Team Massage Therapist

Justin Ochoa – Strength and Conditioning Coach

Justin Ochoa is in his first season with the Indy Fuel as the Strength & Conditioning Coach and will oversee their training, nutrition and recovery protocols in collaboration with the medical staff and AHL/NHL affiliates.

Justin is the owner of PACE Fitness Academy, a sports performance facility located in Indianapolis, where he works with hundreds athletes of all ages and skill levels from youth to professional, including players from the NBA, NFL, WNBA, NCAA, UCI World Tour and Olympic Games.

Aside from his work in coaching, Ochoa has published over 100 sports performance resources to online, print & multimedia publications over the last 10 years.

Justin was born & raised in Indianapolis, a graduate of local Warren Central High School and Ball State University, still living in Indianapolis with his wife, Catherine, and two sons, Julian and Mason, and is excited to continue to grow with the Indy Fuel organization.