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.”

Tongue in cheek, right? I mean, he’s almost definitely being sorta semi-facetious….is he not?

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.

Waldie:

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)

Comments (6)

  1. did you quote 7 of waldie’s 9 paragraphs? why even link to him.

  2. I couldn’t disagree more. If his dream is going into space and he has the means to do it, he should. What’s the point of making money if you’re able to buy the one thing you want the most, but you don’t because you’re afraid of what might happen down the road? This isn’t the difference between wealth and poverty for him. He’s making more than $1 million – let him put $500,000 away, live on $250,000 (which is way more than enough) and spend the other $250,000 on something childlike and wonderful.

    • I agree with you. It’s been my dream to go into space for a long time, and if I had the money and means to do it, I would jump at the opportunity.

  3. I think maybe Jim Slater’s beerability has suddenly gone up a bit..??

  4. Oh man, Jim Slater just went way up in my estimation. Definitely want to have a beer with him now. That’s a once-in-a-lifetime type of experience and, in my opinion, as long as he’s responsible with the rest of his money, he should absolutely do it.

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