Taro Hirose voted MVP.
Two former Spartans will be playing in this year's Winter Games.
2004-05: Led team and ranked fifth in the CCHA scoring race with 48 points (16 goals, 32 assists) in 41 games In his last 11 games, recorded five goals and 13 assists for 18 points -- an average of 1.64 points per game 27 of his 48 points (eight goals, 19 assists) came via the power play Third on the team with eight power-play markers Earned CCHA Honorable Mention selection Picked up MSU's MVP award for a second straight year as well as the Amo Bessone and the Bill Burgess Outstanding Senior Awards Posted 125th career point with a power-play goal against New Hampshire (Oct. 17) Recorded three points (one power-play goal, two assists) in two-game set at Northern Michigan (Oct. 22-23) Picked up two helpers in 5-2 win over Nebraska-Omaha (Oct. 29) Recorded an assist in back-to-back games vs. Ferris State (Nov. 5-6) Tallied goals in back-to-back games vs. Michigan (Nov. 18 and 20) His goal on Friday snapped a seven-game drought without a goal Picked up one goal and two assists in 4-0 win at Wisconsin (Nov. 26) Scored State's lone goal on the power play in 2-1 loss to Bowling Green (Dec. 3) Also attempted a penalty shot vs. BGSU, the second of his career Selected as the GLI MVP after posting three points in State's championship run Tallied the game-winning goal in OT and an assist in State's 4-3 win over New Hampshire (Dec. 29) Also scored MSU's first goal in 2-1 win over Michigan (Dec. 30) in the title game Tallied goal and two assists in 4-0 blanking at Miami (Jan. 7) Registered 150th career point with an empty-net goal in 3-1 win over Western Michigan (Jan. 15) Registered a goal and an assist vs. Lake Superior State (Jan. 21) Set up MSU's game-tying goal with 1.2 seconds left in 2-2 tie at Michigan (Feb. 4) Ninth multiple-point game with a goal and an assist in 6-3 win over Ohio State (Feb. 18) Picked up four assists in two-game set with Bowling Green (Feb. 25-26), including three in Saturday's 6-3 win Equaled his season best with a three-point performance in 3-2 win over Notre Dame (March 4), including the game-winning goal at 11:39 of the third period Scored power-play goal in 2-1 win at Notre Dame (March 5) Equaled his season best with a three-point night (one goal, two assists) in MSU's 5-4 come-from-behind OT win vs. Miami (March 12) His second helper set up Colton Fretter's game-winning tally Picked up three helpers in 5-0 blanking of Nebraska-Omaha (March 17) in CCHA Super Six Quarterfinal Tallied an assist on MSU's first goal in 3-2 loss to Alaska Fairbanks (March 19) in CCHA Third-Place Game.
2003-04: Earned JOFA All-America Second-Team honors for the first time in his career A Hobey Baker Top 10 Finalist, marking the seventh-straight year State has had a Hobey Baker finalist Finalist for CCHA Player of the Year Earned All-CCHA First-Team honors for a second-straight year In doing so, became the fourth-straight Spartan to earn first-team all league honors in back-to-back seasons, joining Mike Weaver (1999 and 2000), Ryan Miller (2001 and 2002) and John-Michael Liles (2002 and 2003) Won MSU's Team MVP and Outstanding Offensive Player awards at the team banquet Led MSU and tied for first in the CCHA overall scoring race with 48 points (19 goals, 29 assists) Tied for 10th in the nation with 48 points Ranked 11th in the nation in assists (29) His 19 goals ranked second on the squad behind Mike Lalonde's 22 Led the CCHA in plus/minus rating at +27 Four game-winning goals tied for 15th in the nation Second career hat trick, including the game winner, and an assist in 5-4 win over Minnesota-Duluth (Oct. 11) Equaled career best with five-point night (two goals, three assists) at Western Michigan (Oct. 25) en route to CCHA Offensive Player of the Week honors Two goals vs. Notre Dame (Nov. 8) Set up game winner in 3-1 win at Miami (Nov. 15) Goal and two assists vs. Wayne State (Nov. 21) Became the 61st MSU player to reach the century milestone with an assist on MSU's lone goal vs. Wisconsin (Nov. 29) Tallied a goal and an assist in MSU's 4-3 loss to Boston College in the GLI title game (Dec. 28) Tallied game-winning goal and added an assist in MSU's 7-2 win over Northern Michigan (Jan. 2) Scored MSU's second goal in 3-2 loss to UMass-Lowell (Jan. 10) Two goals in 4-2 win at Ohio State (Jan. 23) for fourth multiple-goal game of season Recorded three assists in 8-5 win at Lake Superior State (Feb. 5), marking the second time this season he had three helpers in a game Tallied game-winning marker at the 10:01 mark of the third period in 2-1 victory over LSSU (Feb. 7) Earned CCHA Offensive Player of the Week after LSSU series Registered a pair of assists at Alaska Fairbanks (Feb. 13) Earned CCHA Offensive Player of the Week honors after posting five points (one goal, four assists) in MSU's two-game sweep of UNO (Feb. 20-21) Tallied a goal and an assist on Friday, and set up MSU's second, third and fourth goals in game two vs. UNO Earned RBC Financial Group CCHA Player of the Month for February after tallying 2-9--11 totals Set up MSU's game-winning goal in 1-0 blanking of Michigan (March 6) Fifth multiple-goal game of the season with a pair of goals, including the game winner, in 6-4 win over Ferris State (March 12).
2002-03: An All-CCHA First-Team honoree Third on team and eighth in CCHA overall scoring race with 18-26--44 totals Led team with 18 goals Assisted on Brad Fast's game-winning goal vs. Northern Michigan (Oct. 19) Scored first goal of season vs. Lake Superior State (10/24) Three points (2-1--3) vs. Niagara (Nov. 9) Three assists at Minnesota (Nov. 29) Scored the game-winning goal and added an assist vs. Michigan Tech (Dec. 29) in the Great Lakes Invitational third-place game Tallied a pair of assists in 6-0 win at LSSU (Jan. 4) Had a pair of assists in each contest in two-game sweep of Alaska Fairbanks (Jan. 10-11) Became the first Spartan since 1996 to register five-points in a game with 1-4--5 totals in 7-0 shutout of UNO (Jan. 18) en route to CCHA Offensive Player of the Week honors Scored a shorthanded tally and added an assist in 6-3 win at Bowling Green (Feb. 8) Registered a goal each night in a two-game split with Michigan (Feb. 14-15) Three-point night (two goals, one assist) in 7-4 win vs. Northern Michigan (Feb. 21) Missed the Michigan series due to injury (Feb. 28-March 1) First career hat trick in 8-5 victory over WMU (March 8) Tallied two goals and an assist in 11-1 victory over UAF (March 14).
2001-02: CCHA All-Rookie First-Team honoree Led Spartan rookies in goals, assists and points with 11-21--32 in 37 games Ranked second in the CCHA and tied for fifth nationally among freshmen in points Scored game-tying goal with 47 seconds left in regulation in MSU's 3-3 overtime draw vs. Michigan at Spartan Stadium (Oct. 6) Recorded two assists and a goal against Bowling Green (March 8) The goal, scored with 51 seconds left in regulation, sent the game into overtime Notched a goal and added two assists in MSU win vs. Lake Superior State (Oct. 11) Scored a goal and an assist in MSU's tie vs. Minnesota (Nov. 25) Also picked up 1-1--2 in MSU victory at Alaska Fairbanks (Dec. 1) and in Spartans' win at Miami (Feb. 23) Scored game-winning goal to go along with an assist at Ferris State (Jan. 15) Missed four games (Dec. 28-Jan. 5) while playing with Team USA at the 2002 World Junior Championships in the Czech Republic Shared Team USA lead in assists and ranked third among American skaters in points, posting 1-4--5 in seven games at the WJC.
PRIOR TO MSU: Came to Michigan State after spending three seasons (1998-2001) with the Cleveland Barons of the North American Hockey League Wrapped up the 2000-01 campaign as the Barons' leading scorer, tallying team-highs of 27 goals, 37 assists and 64 points in 48 games 64 points were good for ninth in the 2000-01 NAHL scoring race Was an All-NAHL First-Team selection in 2001 Selected to the Eastern Division starting lineup for the 2001 NAHL All-Star Game in St. Louis Named to the 2000 All-NAHL First Team after ranking second in the league in scoring with 34-50--84 in 56 games during the 1999-2000 campaign Selected as NAHL All-Star Game MVP after scoring the game-tying goal for the Eastern Division team and adding the game-winner in an overtime shoot-out Scored 13-20--33 in 50 games with Cleveland during his first year with the Barons (1998-99) Helped the U.S. entry in the 2000 Viking Cup to the tournament title, scoring 2-3--5 in seven games Played for the NAHL squad that represented the league at the 2000 Top Prospects Tournament, scoring 2-1--3 in three games as the NAHL won the tournament championship Also played for the NAHL at the 1999 Top Prospects Tournament Attended the 2001 U.S. National Junior Team evaluation camp in Lake Placid, N.Y.
PERSONAL: Born Dec. 9, 1982 Majoring in human resources Son of Bill and Diane Slater Father lettered in football at Western Michigan (1969-71) and was a defensive lineman for the Minnesota Vikings and the New England Patriots in the 1970s Drafted by Atlanta Thrashers in the first round (No. 30 overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
Career Statistics YEAR GP G A PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PEN-MIN 2001-02 37 11 21 32 2 0 2 +13 25-50 2002-03 37 18 26 44 4 1 2 +13 13-26 2003-04 42 19 29 48 2 0 4 +27 19-38 2004-05 41 16 32 48 8 0 2 -2 15-30 TOTALS 157 64 108 172 16 1 10 +51 72-144