Apr 16, 2021 | SPORTS | By Quinn Guevara | Photos courtesy of Colorado College
The red light went off. The scoreboard showed double zeros on the time. The final score had Colorado College down 2-1 against current Frozen Four finalist, St. Cloud State. The Tigers’ season was officially over. Little did most know, but for forward Josiah Slavin ’23, it would be his last game wearing black and gold.
After the loss in the first round of the NCHC tournament, Slavin went on to sign his entry level contract with the Chicago Blackhawks. Slavin was drafted by Chicago in the seventh round in 2018.
“When I got drafted it was nothing but excitement,” Slavin said. “That’s something you dream of growing up in any sport you play, but at the same time, nothing was for sure, and I knew that there was a lot of work to be done to earn a contract with the Blackhawks.”
And work he did. In his first campaign for the Tigers, Slavin led his first-year teammates with 13 points in the 34 games he appeared in. This past year, in a shortened season, he had 10 points, which is a considerably higher rate of production compared to last year.
Slavin comes from a family that lives and breathes hockey. His older brother, Jacob, is an all-star defenseman for the Carolina Hurricanes and spent two years as a Tiger.
“My brother kind of set the path for me,” Slavin said. “I’ve looked at the success that he’s had at NHL level and he’s helped me and told me to trust in myself as a player and trust in my work ethic to have success at the next level.”
Slavin’s younger brother, Jeremiah Slavin, is a CC commit, so there may yet be more collegiate success to come from the Slavin family.
After signing his entry level contract with the Blackhawks, Slavin was sent to Chicago’s farm team, the Rockford Icehogs of the American Hockey League.
“The transition has been really good,” Slavin said. “It definitely helped having Chris Wilkie, a former teammate from CC, to show me around and help me get to know the guys in Rockford.”
Wilkie was a stud at Colorado College — he posted a team high 31 points and was named All-NCHC honorable mention during his senior campaign. He currently leads the Icehogs in goals with 6 goals in 14 games played.
Slavin, in the three games that he has played in so far, has four points with two goals and two assists. The ceiling is high for this young star. As a Tiger, he demonstrated his potential to be a great for the Chicago Blackhawks.