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Former Jet Jim Slater Retires, To Coach at MSU

By Carter Brooks

Photo by Monika Majer

Longtime Atlanta Thrasher-turned Winnipeg Jet Jim Slater has officially called it quits on his professional hockey playing career.

Former Jet Jim Slater Retires, To Coach at MSU

On Tuesday, Slater, 36, announced his retirement from hockey following a 10-year NHL career, a Team USA Olympic appearance in 2018, as well as four seasons of professional hockey in Switzerland for Geneve-Servette HC and HC Fribourg-Gotteron. Slater jointly announced that following the conclusion of his player career he will return to his alma mater Michigan State University and serve as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2019-20 hockey season.

“We are thrilled to have Jim Slater join the program as a volunteer assistant,” said Spartans head coach Danton Cole in a press release. “Jim is coming off an extensive pro career that included 10 years in the NHL, as well significant international competition, including the 2018 Olympics. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that makes him an asset for our program. Our players are excited to be able to work with him every day.”

Following a 592-game NHL career that saw Slater collect 67 goals, 138 points and 409 penalty minutes, the mobile centreman moved overseas and began play with Geneve-Servette. Over a span of 188 Swiss League games, the former Winnipeg Jet racked up 52 goals, 120 points and 307 penalty minutes, serving in a leadership role while producing in a similar manner to that of his college days (2001-05) with the Spartans.

“The (MSU) program has been a huge part of my life and to be able to come back and be a part of it again is great,” Slater said. “I am really looking forward to learning from Danton and the rest of the coaching staff; it’s going to be a different experience, but one that I’m looking forward to pursuing.”

The former Hobey Baker Award finalist (2003-04) moved to Winnipeg with his Thrashers teammates in 2011, suiting up in 217 games for the Jets, tallying 20 goals, 38 points and 127 penalty minutes, while serving as a key part of the ‘GST Line’.

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com.

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