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.