Slavin family uses hockey star’s platform to raise money to fight human trafficking

RALEIGH, NC – Sports have the power to inspire change and do good in the lives of the people who play and take part in them. It’s why Carolina Hurricanes star defenseman Jaccob Slavin is using his platform to help the 50 million people who are held in some form of modern slavery through human trafficking.

Operation Fight For Freedom is the Slavin family’s mission to raise $1 million as they look to battle human trafficking in the Philippines. Their goal is to raise money that can help local law enforcement in the South Pacific country put an end to the terrible crime.

The International Justice Mission estimated that nearly 50 million people are affected by human trafficking, whether it’s through labor and slavery, or sex trafficking.

Jaccob Slavin Named 2021-22 Lady Byng Trophy Finalist

RALEIGH, NC – The National Hockey League today announced that Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin has been selected as one of the three finalists for the 2021-22 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, given annually to the player who best combines sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct with a high standard of playing ability. Slavin became the fourth defenseman in NHL history to win the award last season, and he looks to join Red Kelly (Detroit, 1952-53 and 1953-54) as the second NHL blueliner to win the award in consecutive seasons.

Jaccob Slavin’s Story

RALEIGH, NC – By the time Jaccob Slavin was in his first pair of skates, the third of five hockey-playing Slavin children, the folks at the local rink had given up any idea of enforcing age rules.

“They were, ‘oh, it’s the Slavins, he can start when he’s two,” mother Wendi recalled with a laugh.

And nobody seemed to bat an eye when Jaccob learned to skate by tottering from one M&M candy to the next strategically placed on the ice, five feet apart.

Jaccob Slavin of Hurricanes wins Lady Byng Trophy for gentlemanly conduct

RALEIGH, NC – Jaccob Slavin of the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday won the Lady Byng Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL player who best combines sportsmanship, gentlemanly conduct and ability.

Slavin, who led the Hurricanes this season with 22:59 of ice time per game, was assessed one minor penalty in 52 games, for delay of game/puck over glass, and often played against the opposing top line. It was the fewest penalty minutes among NHL skaters who averaged at least 20 minutes per game (minimum 10 games).

Slavin scored 15 points (three goals, 12 assists), was plus-22 and averaged 2:43 of shorthanded ice time per game. He is the first defenseman to win the award since Brian Campbell with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2011-12.

“It’s exciting, and hopefully some more defensemen start winning it in the future

Be Bold and Educate Yourself: Slavin Provides Unique Perspective on Racism

RALEIGH, NC – Like many of his peers, Jaccob Slavin has been reflecting on systemic racism in North America over the past 10 days.

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor,” he tweeted Monday, quoting Desmond Tutu, the South African anti-apartheid leader and human rights activist.

Slavin has a different vantage point than the typical white NHL player. A year ago, the Carolina Hurricanes star defenseman and his wife Kylie adopted a daughter, Emersyn, who is black.

Larkin, Slavin Voted to the All-American Team for Hockey Day in America

To celebrate Hockey Day in America on Sunday and the start of Hockey Week in America, according to a panel of writers, 12 U.S.-based staffers were asked to rank their top 12 forwards, six defenseman and two goalies. Forwards were given 12 points for a first-place vote, 11 for a second-place vote and so on down to 1; defenseman got six points for first place, five for second, down to one; goalies got two points for first place and one point for second.


Jaccob Slavin Wins Accuracy Shooting Event in All-Star Skills

St. Louis, MO – Jaccob Slavin had a simple strategy heading into Honda NHL Accuracy Shooting at the 2020 NHL All-Star Skills: Hit the targets and hit them quickly.

Check and check.

Slavin, making his first NHL All-Star appearance, finished with the top time in the event after hitting the five targets in 9.505 seconds.

“I’ll take it,” Slavin smiled. “Eric Staal, I was sitting next to him, and he said he was doing it a little bit this morning. He was just like, ‘Just shoot them as fast as you can. Don’t worry about if you miss or whatever.’ So, that’s what I tried to do.”

Jaccob Slavin Named to NHL All-Star Game

RALEIGH, NC – The National Hockey League today announced that Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin will represent the Metropolitan Division at the 2020 NHL All-Star Weekend, to take place from Jan. 24-25 in St. Louis. He will replace Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton, who will miss All-Star Weekend due to injury. This marks Slavin’s first appearance at the event.

Slavin, 25, has registered 22 points (4g, 18a) in 47 games with the Hurricanes this season. He has recorded 137 points (27g, 110a) in 356 career regular-season games with Carolina and ranks 10th in franchise history in career points by a defenseman. Slavin recorded 11 assists in 15 games during the Hurricanes’ run to the 2019 Eastern Conference Final and set a franchise record for assists in a playoff series (9) in Carolina’s Eastern Conference First Round series vs. Washington.