Jim Slater is used to stick handling but he entered a whole new game the other day when he was handed a conducting baton.
When Jets player Jim Slater isn't circling the ice or playing a game at the arena, he's checking out what some of his Jets fans do for a living.
One of those fans is Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra's principal horn player Patricia Evans. Originally from Vermont, she's a hockey fan who on a whim decided to enter the Take a Jet to Work contest. And she won!
So Jim Slater showed up to a recent rehearsal at the Concert Hall to conduct himself in a different arena. He stood on the podium, in front of the 70+ players of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, borrowed resident conductor Richard Lee's conducting baton, and led them through part of Antonin Dvorak's New World Symphony.
He then made his way to the back of the orchestra where Patricia Evans leads the french horn section. He sat with her for the next thirty minutes of the rehearsal and even tried to play the horn. Patricia commented afterwards, suggesting that "Jim Slater would not make a good horn player. He could barely get a note out. It was very cute!"
Patricia Evans also commented on the parallel between symphony musicians and hockey players, saying that both work hard to get good at what they do, both try out for their jobs and both are professionals in their own playing field.
Jim Slater's 'day job' is playing centre for the Winnipeg Jets.