Thanks, Pete!

Sad news in Leafs Nation this week…

PhotobucketPeter Zezel, who played in Toronto in the early 90′s and was instrumental in those memorable Stanley Cup runs, died this week of a rare blood disorder he had battled for a decade. He was 44.

He broke into the league in 1984 with the Philadelphia Flyers, settling a rookie record that year for assists (46) and making it to the Stanley Cup Final that year. While his hottest years offensively were with the Flyers and Blues, he was a favorite in Toronto. He retired in 1999 – 873 games played with seven NHL teams, 219 career goals, 388 assists. Zezel also ran a hockey camp for a number of years and coached minor league hockey. You can read more about his life here. There’s a few pics in that Star article that will put a smile on any Leaf, Flyer, Blues or Canuck fans’ face. If you have any favorite memories, please share them below.

Our thoughts go out to Peter’s family.

2 thoughts on “Thanks, Pete!

  1. I wasn’t paying attention to the Blues at the time he was with the team…but I heard only good things about him. He was young. My thoughts go to his family. Rest in Peace.

  2. I saw him play as a Toronto Marlie, before he even hit the NHL. There was just something about him that was really special. Very sad he’s gone so young.

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