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Former WMU hockey player Ian Slater signs with Philadelphia Flyers organization

Gazette fileFormer WMU hockey player Ian Slater announced Saturday he has signed a deal with the Adirondack Phantoms, the AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers.KALAMAZOO – Ian Slater will once again happily embrace adversity.The former Western Michigan University senior hockey forward signed a deal with the Adirondack Phantoms, the AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers.The announcement was made during Saturday evening’s WMU hockey banquet.”I feel extremely fortunate to be given the opportunity by the Philadelphia Flyers organization,” Slater said. “I’m not looking for anything to be handed to me, I just want the opportunity to go out and try to create a name for myself and do the hard work and hope everything pays off.”Slater said the contract is directly with Adirondack and it is not an NHL entry level deal with the Flyers. He will join Adirondack when the team’s rookie camp begins next season.The Broncos’ 5-foot-11, 192-pound two-time captain finished his career at WMU with 46 career points (23 goals, 23 assists). He doesn’t have the most scoring talent in the game, but Slater brings to the table leadership and a work ethic that helped Western Michigan win the Central Collegiate Hockey Association tournament championship this past season.For the Satellite Beach, Fla. native, the chance to play professionally next season is “icing on the cake.”

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