In the Globe & Mail today, Paul Waldie had an interview with Jets forward Jim Slater that starts out like this:
Winnipeg Jets forward Jim Slater knows exactly what he’ll do with the money he gets from his next big hockey contract.
He won’t buy a flashy new car or a big house. He’ll go into space.
“That’s what I would spend my money on,” Slater said Tuesday. “I would spend $250,000 to go to outer space for 30 seconds than to have a brand new car.”
I think this quote is hilarious, because it’s the sort of romantic, whimsical, personality-exposing thing we don’t see enough from NHLers…but dear lord someone stop him if this ever escalates. Both my Dad and Father-in-Law are ex-NHLers, and I’ve seen it first hand – that gravy train ends, good sir. Eating up a chunk like that miiiiight not be the smartest move.
Still, I think it’s cool that he’s into something other than chicks and cars, just….don’t do this, Jim.
Slater said his grandmother lives near Cape Canaveral, Fla., and he tried to attend the final launch of the space shuttle last July.
“We had it all booked and then [the launch] got cancelled,” he said. “Then we scheduled flights again and it got cancelled again…
I was really disappointed. I really wanted to go down and watch it.”
The topic came up after a visit to a local fire station in Winnipeg, when he confessed he never really dreamed of being a fireman – just an astronaut.
Slater has played parts of seven NHL seasons, with this being the first time he’s cracked seven figures, earning $1,100,000. He’s a 29 year old who averages 16.7 points per season as a forward.
If dude does somehow land the big bucks as an unrestricted free agent this year (he won’t), here’s to hoping doesn’t grab “30 seconds in space” OR a $250,000 car. But, the temptation will always be there:
Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is organizing commercial space travel. The near three hour flight promises five minutes of weightlessness and tickets cost $200,000. First flights are scheduled for 2013.
(Stick-tap to Sean Leahy)