Terry Yake was the Hartford Whalers third choice (81st overall) in the 1987 Entry Draft. He played four years of junior hockey with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL before making his NHL debut with the Whalers in the 1988-89 season, playing in two games.
The first five years of his pro career were split between Hartford and their AHL affiliates, the Binghamton Whalers and the Springfield Indians. Yake was claimed by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the 1993 Expansion Draft and played all 82 games for the Ducks, scoring 21 goals 1993-94.
He has bounced from the NHL to the minors throughout his career and has been the property of six NHL teams in his 13 years of professional hockey.
Yake moves with speed and accelerates well. He is able to control the puck in tight situations and was equally effective on the power play and as a penalty killer early in his career. Although he is no longer an offensive threat, he can contribute in a checking role and can play a solid defensive game from all three forward positions.