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Willis: Erie product Slavin earning accolades with CC hockey

Jaccob Slavin, CC
Colorado College athletics
Colorado College sophomore defenseman Jaccob Slavin, from Erie, has been named to the NCAC all-conference team.

Erie resident Jaccob Slavin is continuing to move up the hockey ladder.

A sophomore at Colorado College, Slavin was anointed a first-team all-conference selection Wednesday by the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. A defenseman, Slavin registered five goals and 12 assists while blocking 48 shots in the regular season.

The latter was good for second in the conference.

Slavin was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the fourth round of the 2012 NHL draft — the Hurricanes maintain his rights — and previously spent three seasons with the Chicago Steel of the USHL. He grew up playing hockey for Colorado Thunderbirds in the Denver-metro area.

The first-team honor follows up a successful freshman season, in which Slavin was named to the NCHC all-rookie team and second-team all-conference. Slavin’s Colorado College squad will take on top-seeded North Dakota this weekend in the conference tournament.

Slavin, 20, became the Tigers first first-team selection since Chad Rau in 2008-09, when CC was in the WCHA.

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