Slater Named to 2018 U.S. Olympic Team
Two former Spartans will be playing in this year’s Winter Games.
EAST LANSING - Former Michigan State hockey standout Jim Slater has been named to the United States Olympic Hockey Team for the upcoming Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, it was announced Jan. 1 by USA Hockey. Slater is the ninth different Spartan to represent the United States in the Olympic Games. Additionally, 2018 will mark the fifth consecutive Olympiad in which Team USA’s roster will feature a former Spartan hockey player.
Slater, who played in the NHL from 2005-15, is currently playing for Fribourg-Gotteron HC in the Swiss National League where he leads the team with 25 points (11g, 14a) in 31 games. He is in his third season playing in Switzerland.
Slater compiled 172 points, good for 23rd most in Spartan history, while skating for MSU from 2001-05. He was a two-time All-CCHA first team selection.
Joining Slater at the 2018 Winter Games will be Brock Radunske, who will be representing South Korea. Radunske has played professionally in South Korea since 2008 and is one of 16 foreign athletes granted South Korean citizenship under changes to the country’s immigration laws. Radunske is currently playing for Anyang Halla where he has 11 points (5g, 6a) in 23 games.
In 78 games from 2001-04 for the Green and White, Radunske had 64 points.
With Slater and Radunske set to take part in this year’s Olympics, 18 former Spartan hockey players have taken part in the Olympic Games. A Spartan hockey alum has participated in each Winter Olympics since 1984 – 10 consecutive Olympiads.
The PyeongChang Games kick off in South Korea on February 9 and will conclude February 25. U.S. men’s ice hockey competition begins February 14 at the Kwandong Hockey Centre in the PyeongChang Coastal Cluster. The gold-medal game will be held February 25 at the Gangneung Hockey Centre.
Final selections to the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team are subject to U.S. Olympic Committee approval; the full team will be announced at the end of January.