Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Peter Zezel dead at 44

Former Toronto Marlboro and Maple Leaf Peter Zezel died on Tuesday after a more than 10-year battle with a rare blood disorder. I regularly went down to watch the Marlies play in 1983-84 when Peter Zezel and Steve Thomas were young stars. The team was managed by my father-in-law until the Leafs sold the team in 1889. Zezel scored 133 points that season and finished 4th in OHL scoring.

Zezel went on to score 219 goals and added 389 assists in 873 games over a 16-year career. He played for Philadelphia, St. Louis, Washington, Toronto, Dallas, New Jersey and Vancouver.

For the past 11 years he ran the Peter Zezel Hockey and Sports Camp, and also coached minor hockey with the Don Mills Flyers.

My condolences to his family.