From the time Washington University in St. Louis graduate Dylan Slaughter laced up his first pair of ice skates at age 3, he has wished for two miracles. One – that one day, he would join the National Hockey League. And two, that his beloved St. Louis Blues would play for the Stanley Cup.
This season, both dreams came true.
Slaughter, who graduated in 2018 with a degree in economics in Arts & Sciences and a minor in the business of sports from Olin Business School, is the coordinator of business intelligence for the St. Louis Blues, where he analyzes large data sets to improve club operations. He started in November, back when the team was sitting near the bottom of the Western Conference. Now the Blues are competing in their first Stanley Cup final in 49 years, and Slaughter gets to see the action up close. As a surprise, team owners flew the staff on a chartered plane to Boston to see Games 1 and 2 against the Bruins.
“I have to keep pinching myself,” said Slaughter, son of Kirsten Smith, assistant director of the Office of Scholar Programs. “This is my dream job with my dream team during a dream season. I can’t believe I get to experience this.”
Read a Q&A with Slaughter in The Source.