Casey B. Gibson / Colorado College athletics
Erie native Jaccob Slavin is leaving Colorado College after two seasons after signing with the Carolina Hurricanes.


After just two seasons of major college hockey, Jaccob Slavin has decided he is ready to take his game to the next level.

That next level just happens to also qualify as the fulfillment of a lifelong dream as Slavin, a native of Erie, signed a three-year entry level contract with the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday, opting to forgo his final two years of eligibility with Colorado College.

Three years ago Slavin told, “My goal is to have only three years at CC, so hopefully in four years I’ll start playing professional.”

That timeline was bumped up one year after two seasons during which Slavin starred for a struggling CC program that not long ago was one of the gems of the college hockey landscape.

“We will miss having Jaccob lead our defense in the future,” CC head coach Mike Haviland said in a statement. “However, this is a wonderful opportunity for him and we wish him well as he moves on to another phase of his career.”

The defenseman’s star has been rising swiftly during a three-year stint with the Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League, ultimately getting drafted by Carolina in the fourth round of the 2012 draft.

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Slavin turned in an impressive two-year tenure with Colorado College. In a rare accomplishment for a defenseman, let alone a freshman defenseman, Slavin led the Tigers with 20 assists and 25 points during the 2013-14 season. This past winter, he tallied five goals and 12 assists while earning first team all-league honors in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. He was the first Tigers player to earn that distinction in six years.

Also a product of the Colorado Thunderbirds club program in suburban Denver, Slavin was named to the NCHC all-rookie team as a freshman.

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