The Chicago Blackhawks signed left-winger Josiah Slavin to a two-year entry-level contract, which will go through the 2022-23 season.
Slavin was selected by the Blackhawks in 2018, going seventh overall in the seventh round, at No. 193 overall. The young 22-year-old will beg
However, before signing his first professional contract with the Blackhawks, Slavin had quite the journey to the NHL, playing on several teams and leagues.
Slavin began his junior hockey career playing in the United States Hockey League (USHL), and he played on three different teams in four years.
In the 2016-17 season, Slavin made his debut in the USHL playing for the Tri-City Storm, finishing the season with 14 points in 49 games.
Slavin spent the following season with the Lincoln Stars where he played 60 games, scoring a team-high 23 goals while adding 19 assists, for 42 points. Slavin’s breakout season in the USHL also placed him 20th overall in the league for goals scored.
Slavin then split his final year in the USHL with the Stars and Chicago Steel, finishing with 47 points in 59 games played.
Slavin led his squad to yet another playoff appearance in the lone year he played for the Steel – they ended the season with a 37-21-4 record, placing them in second in the Eastern Conference.
After spending the past three seasons playing in the USHL, Slavin headed to the NCAA, committing to Colorado College for the 2019-20 season.
In his freshman year playing for Colorado, Slavin played a total of 34 games and finishing with 13 points.
Slavin led all freshmen on his team in goals and points, and tied for the most assists with teammate Connor Mayer with eight.
In Slavin’s sophomore season with the Colorado Tigers, his season was cut short due to COVID-19. He played 22 games scoring five goals and eight assists.
Despite the shortened season, Slavin led the team in assists and points to finish off his collegiate career.
As Josiah officially signs his first contract with the Blackhawks, he won’t be the first Slavin to make it to the NHL, as older brother Jaccob is currently playing in his sixth season with the Carolina Hurricanes.
Similar to Josiah, Jaccob also spent two years playing for Colorado College where he finished with a total of 42 points in two years that he played in the NCHC.
However, it doesn’t stop there, as younger brother Jeremiah may also join his older brothers Josiah and Jaccob in a few years.
Jeremiah currently plays for the Colorado Thunderbirds 16U AAA team and like his older brothers, he recently committed to Colorado College.
The eldest sibling Jordan, played her collegiate career at the University of North Dakota for three years, playing in 79 games while recording 34 points.
Nimrit Singh is currently finishing up his fourth-year at Humber College in the Bachelor of Journalism program and covers the Chicago Blackhawks for The Hockey Writers.