Terry Yake

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Terry Yake
Terry Yake August 2011.jpg
Terry Yake and Bruce Affleck.
Born (1968-10-22) October 22, 1968 (age 45)
New Westminster, BC, CAN
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Right
Played for Hartford Whalers
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Toronto Maple Leafs
St. Louis Blues
Washington Capitals
NHL Draft 81st overall, 1987
Hartford Whalers
Playing career 1988–2001

Terry Donald Yake (born October 22, 1968 in New Westminster, British Columbia) is a Canadian ice hockey centre and right wing who played for the Hartford Whalers, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Toronto Maple Leafs, St. Louis Blues, and Washington Capitals.

After three years with the Brandon Wheat Kings in the Western Hockey League, Yake was drafted by the Hartford Whalers in the 4th round, 81st overall in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft. Yake then returned to the Wheat Kings for one more season, scoring 140 points in 72 games.

The 1988–1989 season saw Yake make his professional debut, appearing in 75 games with the Binghamton Whalers of the American Hockey League while also making his NHL debut with the Hartford Whalers, appearing in two games. The next three seasons saw Yake do much of the same; he played the majority of his time in the minors while playing sparingly with Whalers, most notably with the Springfield Indians, for whom Yake scored 77 points in 60 games in 1991 to help lead the Indians to their seventh and final Calder Cup championship.

The 1992–1993 season was a breakout year for Yake. He appeared in 66 games with the Whalers and scored an NHL career high 53 points. The 1993–1994 season saw Yake enjoy another solid season. He was claimed by the newly formed Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and was the team's leading scorer for their inaugural season, scoring 52 points. He scored Anaheim's first hat trick, and the feat came in the team's first road game, against the New York Rangers.

Despite leading the team in points, the Mighty Ducks traded Yake to the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1994. His tenure with the Maple Leafs was short lived, however. He appeared in only 19 games the whole year and would not see action in the NHL again until 1997. Yake signed with the Buffalo Sabres in 1996 and played the whole year with the Rochester Americans, scoring 101 points in 78 games.

This play allowed for Yake to sign with the St. Louis Blues in 1997. With the Blues he was able to regain a regular spot in the NHL again. He played 2 full years with the Blues, scoring 25 and 27 points respectively. the 1999–2000 season saw Yake play 26 games with the Blues before being traded to the Washington Capitals, where he appeared in another 35 games. For the 2000–2001 season Yake played in 12 games with the Capitals, playing the majority of the year with the Portland Pirates.

Starting in the 2001–2002 season, Yake played three years in the DEL in Germany. Yake then moved to Switzerland's Nationalliga B, where he remained active through the 2009 season. He was named the player-coach of Lausanne HC of the Nationalliga B in 2008, but was fired in the fall of 2009.

He currently lives in St Louis with his wife and two daughters and runs a meat distribution business. Since 2011, Yake has played for the South East Prairie Thunder, a senior 'AAA' team based in Manitoba, and was a member of their 2012 Allan Cup championship team.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season  
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM
1988–1989 Hartford Whalers NHL 2 0 0 0 0
1989–1990 Hartford Whalers NHL 2 0 1 1 0
1990–1991 Hartford Whalers NHL 19 1 4 5 10
1991–1992 Hartford Whalers NHL 15 1 1 2 4
1992–1993 Hartford Whalers NHL 66 22 31 53 46
1993–1994 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 82 21 31 52 44
1994–1995 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 19 3 2 5 2
1994–1995 Denver Grizzlies IHL 2 0 3 3 2
1995–1996 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 70 32 56 88 70
1996–1997 Rochester Americans AHL 78 34 67 101 77
1997–1998 St. Louis Blues NHL 65 10 15 25 38
1998–1999 St. Louis Blues NHL 60 9 18 27 34
1998–1999 Worcester IceCats AHL 24 8 11 19 26
1999–2000 St. Louis Blues-Washington Capitals NHL 61 10 14 24 34
2000–2001 Washington Capitals NHL 12 0 3 3 8
2000–2001 Portland Pirates AHL 55 11 38 49 47
2001–2002 Essen Mosquitoes DEL 51 19 30 49 78
2002–2003 Nuermberg Ice Tigers DEL 50 14 32 46 111
2003–2004 Krefeld Penguins DEL 52 7 22 29 70
2005–2006 Visp Swiss-B 20 12 23 35 12
2006–2007 Visp Swiss-B 45 26 53 79 40
2007–2008 Visp Swiss-B 23 11 20 31 30
2008–2009 Lausanne Swiss-B 20 7 19 26 24
11 Years Totals NHL 403 77 120 197 220

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