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)