Terry Slater (ice hockey)

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Terry Slater
Sport(s) Ice hockey
Biographical details
Born (1937-12-05)December 5, 1937
Kirkland Lake, ONT, CAN
Died December 6, 1991(1991-12-06) (aged 54)[1]
Syracuse, New York
Playing career
1958–1961 St. Lawrence
1961–1962 Los Angeles Blades
1963–1964 Seattle Totems
1963–1965 Toledo Blades
Position(s) Center
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1965–1966 Toledo
1966–1969 Toledo Blades
1969–1972 Des Moines Oak Leafs
1972–1974 Los Angeles Sharks
1975–1977 Cincinnati Stingers
1977 Kalamazoo Wings
1977–1991 Colgate
Head coaching record
Overall 251-180-23 (.578)
Accomplishments and honors
1990 ECAC Hockey Regular Season Champion
1990 ECAC Hockey Tournament Champion
1990 ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year Award
1990 Spencer Penrose Award

Terry Slater (December 5, 1937 - December 5, 1991) was a Canadian ice hockey player and coach. In the World Hockey Association, he coached the teams Los Angeles Sharks and Cincinnati Stingers.


Born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Slater began his career in 1958 at St. Lawrence University, where he was a two time All American, and played hockey in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. In his first season, he scored 50 points in 22 games. After two more seasons at St. Lawrence University, Slater was in 1961 in the former professional hockey league Western Hockey League and signed a contract with the Los Angeles Blades. In his only season he scored 17 goals, 24 assists and scored 41 points in 52 games. In 1963 he continued his career with the Seattle Totems. That same year he left the team and went to the Toledo Blades in the International Hockey League. After two years, 125 games and 106 points scorer for the Toledo Blades, he finished his playing career at an early stage.

His coaching career began with the University of Toledo in 1965 where he coached the Rockets inauguarl season and went 19-1.[2] For the 1967/68 season returned to the Toledo Blades and received a contract as coach of the team. Two years later he accepted a job at the Des Moines Oak Leafs, where he worked again as a head coach, reaching the team twice in a row to qualify for the playoffs. In season 1972/73 he was appointed to the newly formed World Hockey Association and became a coach with the Los Angeles Sharks. In his first season with the team he made the move into the playoffs and failed in the first round against the Houston Aeros. The following season he was sacked after 19 games since the team played with five wins and 14 defeats of expectations. For the 1975/76 season Slater took a job with the Cincinnati Stingers, where he worked as a coach. In the first season, the playoffs have been missed in the following season divided the team in the first round by the Indianapolis Racers.

During the 1977-78 season he took a job with the Kalamazoo Wings in the International Hockey League, where he replaced Bob Lemieux during the season as a coach. He then coached the hockey team of Colgate University in the ECAC to 1991. In 1990 he coached the Red Raiders to a school record 31-6-1, winning the championship of the ECAC. As a result, the team took part in the championship of the NCAA and lost to Wisconsin.[3]

In 2013, the documentary "The General" was made, which chronicles Terry Slater and the improbable story of the 1989-1990 Colgate University Men's Ice Hockey Team run to the ECAC Championship and Division I NCAA Finals. Featured in the documentary were players Karl Clauss, Joel Gardner, Steve Spott, Grant Slater, as well as assistant coach Brian Durocher and Student Assistant Eric Opin, retired SID Bob Cornell, and numerous Village of Hamilton, New York residents.

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1958–59 St. Lawrence Tri-State League 22 21 29 50 4
1959–60 St. Lawrence Tri-State League 34 34 38 72 4
1960–61 St. Lawrence Tri-State League 20 20 25 45 25
1961–62 Los Angeles Blades WHL 52 17 24 41 15
1963–64 Seattle Totems WHL 13 0 0 0 0
1963–64 Toledo Blades IHL 38 15 16 31 31 13 3 4 7 4
1964–65 Toledo Blades IHL 70 26 39 65 32 4 2 1 3 0
NCAA totals 76 75 92 167 33

Coaching career[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
AHCA East All-American 1959–60
NCAA All-Tournament Second Team 1960 [6]
AHCA East All-American 1960–61
NCAA All-Tournament Second Team 1961 [6]


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Joe Marsh
Spencer Penrose Award
Succeeded by
Rick Comley
Preceded by
Joe Marsh
Tim Taylor Award
Succeeded by
Mark Morris