In this third episode of the special NHL series, Jaime Jay welcomes Mike Zuke. Mike played a total of 455 games with the St. Louis Blues, and scored 86 goals and 196 assists. That’s an incredible record to show off! He is also still the all-time score leader for Michigan Technological University. Right now, he runs his own company and is actively involved in the St. Louis Blues Alumni. Tune in to his story!
Don’t be afraid to take that leap. You gotta put in the hard hours, you gotta invest, you gotta put your nose to the grindstone, and work at it. The opportunities are there. Just don’t give up.”
Journey in the Pro League
Mike played college hockey with Michigan Tech in the 70s. He soon got drafted to the St. Louis Blues after college. He also played in the World Hockey with the Indianapolis Racers.
I felt I was pretty good. I knew I had an opportunity to possibly make NHL.” -Mike Zuke
In his second year in World Hockey, he played with the Edmonton Oilers. Mike played a total of 10 years in the professional league. After his retirement, he got into the corporate world and reunited with the St. Louis Blues Alumni.
A Dream Come True
Mike grew up in Ontario, Canada. His dad made him an outdoor rink to play with as a child during winter. He eventually got a scholarship for his skills.
“It was a dream come true to do what you had aspirations for and loved and enjoyed it.” -Mike Zuke
Now in the St. Louis Blues Alumni, they have about 30 to 45 hockey veterans. They do a lot of charity works together.
In the past, one may consider hooking as an art. It requires the player to know how much he can do and when he can do it. But these days, Mike jokingly finds it as a matter of survival with young players.
He and his fellow St. Louis Blues Alumni invite kids to play with them from time to time. He plays 3 times a week with Junior and college kids. They get together and just really have some fun.
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