Coach Slater a Level 5 USA Hockey Coach and Graduate of Western Michigan University; currently serves as the Director of the MICHIGAN ELITE BRIGADE. The Elite Brigade has competed out of Metro Detroit as an Elite High School Hockey program for the past nine seasons. Slater recently was the Head Coach of San Diego in the Western States Hockey League; Junior A Tier 2 hockey. Previously coach Slater spent three seasons as the Head Coach of the Midget Major AAA Detroit Falcons; members of the North American Prospects Hockey League.
Coach Slater spent two seasons as the head coach of the Western Michigan University "Stallions" a Division 1 member of the American Collegiate Hockey Association. Slater guided the 2008-9 "Stallions" to their first ACHA Division 1 National Tournament appearance. Formerly the Coaching Director of the Battle Creek Youth Hockey Association; Chris also served as the Michigan Director for Robby Glantz Power Skating, INC.
A 2004 East Coast Hockey League Champion as a member of the Idaho Steelheads, Chris was selected to the ECHL all-star team in 2001 and attended the Detroit Red Wings training camp later that same year. During his 7-year professional career, “Slats” also had stops in the American Hockey League, British Super League and English Elite League. A competitive college defenseman at Michigan State University, the two time United States Olympic Festival participant was voted to the CCHA all-tournament team in 1995. During his time at Michigan State Slater was honorable mention for the CCHA all-rookie team and a three year pre-season All-American candidate in the American Hockey Coaches Association poll.
Before joining the college, ranks Chris was a 3-year veteran for the Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings member of the North American Hockey League which was then a Tier 1 Junior A league. During his time with the K-Wings Slater was a 2 time Robertson Cup Champion, 2 time 1st team All-Star, and Defenseman of the year. During this time Coach Slater also represented the United States on the National 16 and 17 teams; competing in many international competitions worldwide.