Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Skip Krake
Centre Skip Krake was a solid role player for three NHL teams between 1963-64 and 1970-71. Although he was defensive-oriented in the NHL, Krake demonstrated offensive capabilities in junior, the minors, and the World Hockey Association.

Born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Krake was a scoring star with the SJHL's Estevan Bruins. In 1963-64 he scored 59 goals in junior and was called up to the Boston Bruins for two games. He continued to make short-term appearances for the Bruins over the next two years but spent most of his time gaining valuable playing experience with Minneapolis and Oklahoma City in the CHL.

On May 20, 1968, Boston traded Krake to the L.A. for a first round draft choice that was used to claim high-scoring winger Reggie Leach. Krake split the 1968-69 season between the Kings and Springfield of the AHL then suited up full time in the NHL the following season. He was claimed by the Buffalo Sabres in the NHL Expansion Draft of 1970 and played 74 games in their inaugural season. The Sabres had many quality youngsters in their system ahead of Krake so he sought work in the WHL in 1971-72.

After scoring 51 points in 53 games as the captain of the Salt Lake Golden Eagles, Krake was selected by the Cleveland Crusaders in the WHA General Player Draft. He played three seasons in Cleveland and one with the Edmonton Oilers before retiring in 1976.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1960-61 Estevan Bruins SJHL 11 3 1 4 4 11 0 3 3 0
1961-62 Estevan Bruins SJHL 42 25 15 40 42 10 3 4 7 10
1962-63 Estevan Bruins SJHL 54 26 37 63 126 11 11 10 21 35
1962-63 Estevan Bruins M-Cup 6 2 1 3 2
1963-64 Estevan Bruins SJHL 60 59 56 115 142 10 13 9 22 16
1963-64 Estevan Bruins M-Cup 6 0 2 2 14
1963-64 Boston Bruins NHL 2 0 0 0 0
1964-65 Minneapolis Bruins CPHL 69 22 24 46 33 5 1 2 3 11
1965-66 Boston Bruins NHL 2 0 0 0 0
1965-66 Oklahoma City Blazers CPHL 70 24 37 61 97 9 4 6 10 11
1966-67 Boston Bruins NHL 15 6 2 8 4
1966-67 Oklahoma City Blazers CPHL 49 15 18 33 107
1967-68 Boston Bruins NHL 68 5 7 12 13 +9 4 0 0 0 2
1968-69 Los Angeles Kings NHL 30 3 9 12 11 -10 6 1 0 1 15
1968-69 Springfield Kings AHL 43 8 23 31 67
1969-70 Los Angeles Kings NHL 58 5 17 22 86 -25
1970-71 Buffalo Sabres NHL 74 4 5 9 68 -21
1971-72 Salt Lake Golden Eagles WHL 53 15 36 51 59
1972-73 Cleveland Crusaders WHA 26 9 10 19 61 9 1 2 3 27
1973-74 Cleveland Crusaders WHA 69 20 36 56 94 5 0 1 1 39
1974-75 Cleveland Crusaders WHA 71 15 23 38 108 5 1 1 2 0
1975-76 Edmonton Oilers WHA 41 8 8 16 55
NHL Totals 249 23 40 63 182 10 1 0 1 17


SJHL Second All-Star Team (1964) Traded to Los Angeles by Boston for Los Angeles' 1st round choice (Reggie Leach) in 1970 Amateur Draft, May 20, 1968. Claimed by Buffalo from Los Angeles in Expansion Draft, June 10, 1970. Selected by Calgary-Cleveland (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Traded to Edmonton (WHA) by Cleveland (WHA) for Ray McKay, August, 1975.