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Jim Slater
Jim Slater

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Lapeer, Mich.

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 195

Position:
Forward

Birthdate:
12/09/1982

Experience:
3L

Previous Team:
Cleveland Barons (NAHL)


Career Notes: Became only the sixth player in school history to wear the "C" for two straight years (2003-04 and 2004-05) • Also served as an assistant captain in 2002-03 • Closed career ranked 23rd on MSU's career scoring list with 172 points (64 goals, 108 assists) • Tallied at least 30 points in each of his four seasons at MSU • Four-year letterwinner (2001-05) • Became the first Spartan since Mike York (1996-99) to record 40 or more points in three straight seasons (44 as a sophomore and 48 as a junior and a senior).

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

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