Olympics Set to Begin for Slater and Radunske
Olympic men's hockey tournament begins February 14.
EAST LANSING - Competition at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games will begin this week for Spartans Jim Slater and Brock Radunske. Slater and the United States start play on Wednesday vs. Slovenia, while Radunske and Korea meet the Czech Republic on Thursday.
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 in his third season playing professionally in Switzerland and is currently skating for Fribourg-Gotteron HC. A two-time All-CCHA first team selection, Slater compiled 172 points, good for 23rd most in Spartan history, while donning the Green and White from 2001-05.
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 of the Aisa League. In 78 games from 2001-04 for the Green and White, Radunske compiled 64 points.
Including Slater and Radunske, 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.
United States (Group B) Preliminary Round Schedule
Wednesday, Feb. 14 vs. Solvenia (7:15 a.m. ET | NBCSN)
Thursday, Feb. 15 vs. Slovakia (10:10 p.m. ET | CNBC)
Saturday, Feb. 17 vs. Olympic Athletes of Russia (7:10 a.m. ET | NBCSN)
Republic of Korea (Group A) Preliminary Round Schedule
Thursday, Feb. 15 vs. Czech Republic (7:10 a.m. ET | USA)
Saturday, Feb. 17 vs. Switzerland (2:40 a.m. ET | NBCSN)
Sunday, Feb. 18 vs. Canada (7:10 a.m. ET | USA)
Qualification Games - Tuesday, Feb. 20
Quarterfinals - Wednesday, Feb. 21
Semifinals – Friday, Feb. 23
Bronze Medal Game – Saturday, Feb. 24
Gold Medal Game – Sunday, Feb. 25