Hockey runs in the Slaker family and Jake Slaker, 22, is the baby of the family.
The early years of Jake's hockey career began growing up around the International Hockey League's Atlanta Knights. Slaker's father Dirk was the team's doctor from 1992-1996. The Slaker family owned a roller hockey rink in the Atlanta area where Jake and his older brothers, Kurt and Zach, would hang out. During summer camps, the Knights would help with the summer camps and the Slaker brothers would play roller-hockey.
Jake played floor hockey with his brothers and during travel tournaments, he always hopped on the ice. He developed a lot faster than his younger teammates, having his brothers along-side.