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05-26-2009, 04:42 PM
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its quite sad - Quality Guy. Knew him & his parents very well. Went to school with him here in T.O.(Scarborough). Parents ran a Dry cleaners in the Beaches for years. Great community people. I had been keeping tabs with him for a long time as He Had been suffering from this serious blood disorder for quite a few years now. Hes pulled thru in the past but likely not this time, being taken off life support and all.

Geez only 44. This is a terrible loss for alot of people(especially family) here in Toronto.

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05-26-2009, 05:52 PM
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very quiet guy, we were friends back when he played with the Flyers, those were some fun times sad to see this happen to such a good person
best wishes to you and the family Pete

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05-26-2009, 06:18 PM
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Oh my, horrible news indeed.

Best wishes to the entire family - 44 is far, far too young.

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05-26-2009, 06:44 PM
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Wow, this is really sad. One of the first players I remember really liking when I just became a fan of the Flyers as a kid back in the late 80s.

44 is way to young, depressing stuff.

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05-26-2009, 06:51 PM
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What a shock. I had a crush on him back in the day. Best wishes to him and his family.
As the story goes, when he was traded from the Flyers, the team's switchboard lit up with irate female fans. I recall seeing him cry in an interview when he was traded, not sullen but actually bawling.

He was a typical Mike Keenan player at the time and followed Keenen to St. Louis and Vancouver, too.

Further reports seem to be more concrete on the matter and that is sickening.



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05-26-2009, 06:54 PM
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Can't believe he's gone.

What a sad day.

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05-26-2009, 06:57 PM
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Just checking Tim P.s column.

Everyone interested should take a moment to read it.

http://philadelphia.comcastsportsnet...625&feedID=695
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A “living matinee idol.”

That’s how Rick Tocchet described former Flyer forward Peter Zezel, who is near death and comatose in Toronto.

Zezel, 44, was taken off life support Tuesday after going into a coma last week. He had undergone chemotherapy and suffered a brain hemorrhage after a recent spleen surgery.

The Flyers’ charming golden boy has suffered from hemolytic anemia, a blood disease he has fought for the past decade.

Zezel played five seasons in Philadelphia, though his NHL career spanned 15 years and seven clubs. Former teammates were informed of Zezel’s condition on Memorial Day by family members.

A former soccer player, Zezel could have played professionally in North America but chose hockey. Born in Toronto and of Serbian descent, the left-handed center was the Flyers’ first-round pick (41st overall) in 1983.

He quickly advanced from junior (Toronto Marlboros), playing for the Flyers as a 19-year-old rookie in 1984-85 where he was every teenage girl’s dream with his handsome face, long, thick locks and wide grin.

Tocchet, Zezel, Derek Smith and Scott Mellanby were the young Turks on that club, enjoying the Philadelphia nightlife, much like Mike Richards, Jeff Carter and Joffrey Lupul are right now.

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05-26-2009, 07:00 PM
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one of my favorite memories as a kid was playing street hockey in south philly when an iroc z or camaro (some popular sports car) pulls up and two guys start yelling that we stink, can't play, etc.

we started yellin back and then zezel and tocchet got out and asked if they could take a few shots...this was like 1986 or 87 when they were at the peak of their popularity in philly...they took a few shoots and signed some sticks...it was awesome.

sadly, i saw zezel a few years ago and couldn't believe how huge he had gotten but i guess maybe it was a medication he was on.

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05-26-2009, 07:05 PM
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05-26-2009, 07:28 PM
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Can't believe he's gone.
Nice touch with the avy.

What a sad day.
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one of my favorite memories as a kid was playing street hockey in south philly when an iroc z or camaro (some popular sports car) pulls up and two guys start yelling that we stink, can't play, etc.

we started yellin back and then zezel and tocchet got out and asked if they could take a few shots...this was like 1986 or 87 when they were at the peak of their popularity in philly...they took a few shoots and signed some sticks...it was awesome.

sadly, i saw zezel a few years ago and couldn't believe how huge he had gotten but i guess maybe it was a medication he was on.
I remember you relaying this great story before. Truly a sad loss.

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05-26-2009, 07:41 PM
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Damn.

RIP, Peter.

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05-26-2009, 07:48 PM
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Jeez, that's really sad. I'm sure that he's going to be honoured by the Flyers in terms of a ceremony next season. He certainly deserved it. I still remember the day he was dealt to St.Louis and I was absolutely crushed by the decision to trade him. He should have been a Flyer until the day he retired. R.I.P. Peter.....

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05-26-2009, 07:55 PM
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Jeez, that's really sad. I'm sure that he's going to be honoured by the Flyers in terms of a ceremony next season. He certainly deserved it. I still remember the day he was dealt to St.Louis and I was absolutely crushed by the decision to trade him. He should have been a Flyer until the day he retired. R.I.P. Peter.....
Me, too.

The first time the Flyers and Blues played post-trade, Zezel and Mike Bullard (the player acquired) both scored two goals.

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05-26-2009, 08:35 PM
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Rest in peace.

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05-26-2009, 08:45 PM
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You have got to be kidding me..... wow... real shame. The biggest thing that comes to mind about him was his ability to play the puck with his skates.

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05-26-2009, 08:51 PM
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You have got to be kidding me..... wow... real shame. The biggest thing that comes to mind about him was his ability to play the puck with his skates.
Played soccer with the Toronto Blizzards in one of those now long defunct NA soccer leagues. Just a great athlete and person (by all accounts, having never personally met him), he was.

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05-26-2009, 09:02 PM
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its quite sad - Quality Guy. Knew him & his parents very well. Went to school with him here in T.O.(Scarborough). Parents ran a Dry cleaners in the Beaches for years. Great community people. I had been keeping tabs with him for a long time as He Had been suffering from this serious blood disorder for quite a few years now. Hes pulled thru in the past but likely not this time, being taken off life support and all.

Geez only 44. This is a terrible loss for alot of people(especially family) here in Toronto.
I forgot about the dry cleaners. And The Alpine!!! Haven't been there for years but I think his family owned it, maybe an uncle?

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05-26-2009, 09:58 PM
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RIP Pete, he was before my time, but I've seen him in old games, always sad to lose another member of the Flyers family.

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05-26-2009, 10:07 PM
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rest in peace, peter. what a sad, sad tragedy.

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05-26-2009, 10:13 PM
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Wow, this is a rough one, not much older than me. Been hearing about this for the past couple of days, wishing for the best. Played during an exciting era in Flyers history, never met him but always heard he was a great guy. RIP

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05-26-2009, 11:05 PM
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The biggest thing that comes to mind about him was his ability to play the puck with his skates.
Same here. Gene Hart used to talk about he and Sinisalo and others (Smith, Carson?) had played soccer when they were young and it made them better hockey players. I had never heard that before Peter Zezel.

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05-27-2009, 12:01 AM
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Hardcore Hockey Talk just had a nice tribute for Peter by Mark Osborne (former Leafs teammate and close friend) with host Steve Kouleas.

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05-27-2009, 12:54 AM
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I forgot about the Canucks doing that to Peter at the end of his career. Gives me a reason to hate those a**holes even more. Rest in Peace Peter and my best wishes go out to all his family and friends.

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05-27-2009, 01:23 AM
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To a guy who played the game the right way. I am gonna miss him. One of my favorites on those mid to late 80's Flyers team.

RIP Peter. way to young.

Condolances to the entire Zezel family


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Real sad. RIP. Did he have children?

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