Student awards a win for record-breaking hockey goalie 

Published on July 04, 2024

“The morale around NAIT and sports is great. Everyone supports you.”  

Hockey has always been a part of Kaitlyn Slator’s life. She’s played since she was 5 years old, becoming a goalie just a few years later.  

Before coming to NAIT, back in her hometown Brandon, Manitoba, she’d drive an hour to and from her team's arena for practice. Her determination to keep playing the sport she loves, while pursuing an education, led her to NAIT. That decision resulted in significant achievements, including becoming a record-breaking goaltender and helping to lead the Ooks women’s hockey team to victory.  

“The morale around NAIT and sports is great. Everyone supports you,” says Kaitlyn. “Once I got to NAIT, that's where I felt like my game [reached] the next level.” 

This past spring, Kaitlyn capped off her fifth and final season setting records and racking up awards. Most notably, she set the new bar for all-time wins, all-time minutes played, and tied the record for shut outs.  

In a thrilling series with the Lakeland Rustlers, she was almost unbeatable between the pipes, clinching the championship with a shutout victory.   

“It was 6 years in the making. I wanted to help my team win a championship – it was the best thing that could have happened. That’s how I wanted to end my career at NAIT and in hockey in general,” says Kaitlyn, also named the playoff’s MVP. 

“Student awards make a huge difference in our lives.”

Kaitlyn was 17 years old when she arrived at NAIT. Playing for the Ooks was a factor in her decision, but she also had a keen interest in advancing a career in health.   

While playing for the Ooks, she earned two diplomas (Personal Fitness Trainer ’19; Medical Radiologic Technology '21). Later this year, she will graduate from Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Between practices, games and classes there was little time left for a part-time job to help pay for school. Receiving student awards allowed her to balance an already full schedule. 

Photo of Kaitlyn Slator wearing her Ooks hockey jersey

“I probably wouldn’t have been able to focus on school and find my career path if it wasn’t for the help of those student awards,” says Kaitlyn. “Thank you for your support – it hasn’t gone unnoticed by student-athletes like me. Your donations to student awards make a huge difference in our lives.” 

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