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Terry Yake

St. Louis Blues





What was your favorite part about being a hockey player?

That is pretty simple – playing hockey.  We get to do what we love most and do it for a living.  There is nothing better than that.  The old saying is if you love what you do you don’t work a day in your life.  So for 21 years I didn’t have to work, I got to play for a living.


What was your career highlight?

There are a number of things.  I have 3 championships at the minor league level, I led an NHL team in scoring which can never be taken away from me, playing in the playoffs, my first NHL game, and first NHL hat trick.  It is pretty hard to distinguish one specific thing.


Who was the toughest person for you to play against?

The hardest players to play against are always the best players.  They are difficult to stop.  I would have to say guys like Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Joe Sakic.  These guys were great and were great every night.  You have to worry about them every time they step on the ice.  Somehow they find a way to make their game one level above everyone else.  It takes all your concentration and will power to be able to keep them under control to give yourself a chance to win the hockey game.


Who were your heroes growing up?

Wayne Gretzky was my main hero.  I looked up to him.  He was the guy I wanted to play like.  He was a great ambassador.  Probably the best player to ever play the game.  I’m sure he was everyone’s hero.  He was the face of the game when I was playing junior hockey.  He was winning lots of Stanley Cups.


Why did you choose to be a business owner?

After hockey I needed something to do.  I wanted to have something that is good for myself, good for the community, and a good thing to do.  It is a good thing to be selling quality products and I hope that people enjoy them.  We want to establish a business here that can take me to the next phase of my life. 


Why did you decide to stay in St. Louis?

I played 3 years with the Blues – great years with the Blues.  We were in the top-4 in the NHL all 3 years.  I love the people we have a lot of friends here.  There are great golf courses here.  My family liked it here.  We wanted to find a place in North America that we would enjoy ourselves.  We could have gone anywhere.  We chose St. Louis because of the people, community, and the alumni association.  There are great major sports here and a great hockey team still.