A hockey coach from Gibbons is on his way to the NHL. 
 
Jason Christie is heading to Buffalo to join the Sabres as the team's new assistant coach. Christie, born in Gibbons, has spent the last four years as head coach of the Jacksonville Icemen in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL).
 
He has won an ECHL-record 667 games during his time as a head coach in the league over the course of 17 seasons. 
 
As a player, Christie skated in the ECHL, leading his team to the 2000 Kelly Cup Championships and earning co-Most Valuable Player honours. 
 
He will be reunited in Buffalo with Sabres head coach Don Granato, his former teammate with the ECHL's Columbus Chill, and later his head coach with the Peoria Rivermen, which took the 2000 Kelly Cup title. 
 
The NHL is planning for a more normal season this fall, with a target start date of Oct.12.