Are drivers heading east on Grandview Highway in Vancouver, ready to turn right and head south?
That’s what former Vancouver Cannock Eddie Lack is hoping for.
Lack, the skinny Swedish goalkeeper who has been a fan favorite for nearly a decade, is thriving in his second career as a realtor in Arizona, where he settled after his football career ended due to persistent hip issues.
“I hope there are a lot of red lights out there,” he quipped Monday morning after a Postmedia editor spotted the banner.
“I usually start getting calls when it starts raining in Vancouver so I think it’s a very good timing.”
It is estimated that about 30 percent of his business, which is centered in Scottsdale, Arizona, comes from Canadians looking for investment properties and secondary homes.
“For many of my clients, this is the most expensive purchase they will ever make in their lives. I feel really proud to have helped them,” he said.
Always known for his upbeat personality and outgoing nature, he knows these traits are well suited to working in real estate.
“My wife Jonah joked last week that I like people…most of the time,” said Luck, laughing.
He admitted that being a former hockey player helped the Canadians as well.
“I think this is my way of putting my foot in the door. From there, it’s up to me to prove to clients that I can do the job.”
“When I get the Canadians going down, I think they’re always a little skeptical at first. He’s a hockey player so does he know what to do?” But normally once they see me, they can see me and I know,” he said.
Real estate is somewhat of a family business.
“I was doing some real estate investing while I was still coming home to Sweden. My family does a lot of it at home and they taught me how to do it,” Lack explained.
“My wife and I decided to settle in Arizona instead of cold Sweden. I bought some rental properties here and decided to get my license. This was always in my plans. I obviously wish I was still playing but I felt like this was fun. It’s a way to help and guide people. “.
Lack underwent major surgery on his hips in late 2019. While he was recovering, he decided to start studying for his drug license.
“Then I had to wait to decide if I was actually going to retire,” he said.
He started out as a realtor on Christmas 2019, but didn’t decide that his career was completely over until a few months later.
He was forced into retirement due to injury but is at peace as the end of his hockey career approaches.
“I guess I’d always ask what if,” he admitted. “I see my friends that I played with growing up and still playing and getting these great contracts. I’m always going to ask – what if? – but I’m so happy with what I’m in. I don’t wake up in pain. I’m not worried about whether I’m playing at night.”
And he gets a special bonus: he is always there for his daughter.
“My daughter Sophia is about two years old. I am there every day,” he said. “It is very important. Build that relationship with her from the start. That’s what a lot of hockey players complain about, because they’re gone a lot, and miss a lot with their kids – their first steps and everything like that. I’m lucky for this.”
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