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THE 3-MINUTE INTERVIEW: Bernard Wolfe

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People,Rachel Baye

Between 1975 and '79, Wolfe was a goalie for the Washington Capitals, before retiring with a year left on his contract. Now the 60-year-old father and grandfather runs a wealth management firm in Chevy Chase.

How did you move from hockey to financial planning?

Before I started playing for the Capitals, I had an undergraduate degree in finance. While I was playing hockey, I never felt overly secure. I did some postgraduate courses, and then I retired from hockey and got into the financial business.

Did you find a stigma tied to being a former hockey player?

The stigma was mostly from me because I didn't want people to think about the "dumb jock" syndrome. I purposefully did not have any memorabilia from my hockey career in my office for the first three to five years, but a lot of people found me because of my [hockey] career. But then I had to prove that I was more than just a good hockey player.

How are hockey and finance similar?

A hockey player is very disciplined -- with workouts, with diets, with studying game plans. You have to create a strategy, and you stick by the strategy, and you do not let headlines affect your game plan.

Do you ever regret leaving hockey early?

I've never missed it one day. I'm still a fan. I would love to see the Capitals win the Stanley Cup. But I'm looking forward to taking my [4-year-old] grandson [Owen] to his first hockey practice this weekend.

What do your grandkids think of your hockey days?

My son-in-law bought Owen a replica jersey with my number and name on the back. My daughter said, "You can't let him wear my dad's jersey. ... They may throw things at him." If I show him one of those trading cards, even though I look nothing like I did, I say, "Who's this?" He says, "It's Grandpa."

- Rachel Baye

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