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05-27-2009, 10:17 AM
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Real sad. RIP. Did he have children?
None, he wasn't married either.

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Memories will come and go in this lifetime. Christmas Morning, 1986. An eleven year old Montreal kid steps onto the ice for the first time wearing Orange and Black, number 25. As hard as this life tries to take it back, that feeling has never left me.
Truly, to a life well lived. God Bless and Goodbye.

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Yep, his uncle owned the Alpine at and kingston Road and Vic Park. I used to hang there every Friday night about 25 years ago. Tragic news. He is my age.

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R.I.P.

He is in a better place.

I pray for his family.

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Here is video of his first NHL goal:

http://flyers.nhl.tv/team/console.js...d=774&id=42699

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Real sad. RIP. Did he have children?
I don't think he was married OR had kids

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05-27-2009, 08:22 PM
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Here is video of his first NHL goal:

http://flyers.nhl.tv/team/console.js...d=774&id=42699
Thanks MSE. Very cool - I don't think I've seen that clip before. I love that he rushed to the goal to pick up the puck! It really exemplifies his attitude toward the game.

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Thanks MSE. Very cool - I don't think I've seen that clip before. I love that he rushed to the goal to pick up the puck! It really exemplifies his attitude toward the game.
Did you hear the comment, too? "A really nice guy" was how I think he was described right after the goal.

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05-27-2009, 10:14 PM
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Did you hear the comment, too? "A really nice guy" was how I think he was described right after the goal.
Yep. He's one of the very few players that I can say I've never heard a negative comment about. The good really do die young, don't they?

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Here is video of his first NHL goal:

http://flyers.nhl.tv/team/console.js...d=774&id=42699
That was great to see. Thanks MSE.

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I posted a few article in the History of Hockey section yesterday but here is another from the Inquirer:

http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/...0s_Flyers.html
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The view from the old Spectrum press box was a study in the sociology of Flyers fans. They wore their hearts on their backs.

Some fathers (in Clarke and MacLeish and Parent jerseys) brought their sons (Howe and Kerr and Hextall) to the games. Others shared their favorite sport with their daughters (Zezel and Zezel and Zezel).

For a while there in the 1980s, you looked at the Flyers' team photo and wondered if the organization was trying to assemble the best-looking team in the NHL. The club had somehow gone from the toothless, ragged Broad Street Bullies to a precursor of the Backstreet Boys. It seemed as interested in selling posters as selling tickets.

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05-28-2009, 11:22 AM
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I posted a few article in the History of Hockey section yesterday but here is another from the Inquirer:

http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/...0s_Flyers.html
Heh heh, I had to LOL at "Zezel and Zezel and Zezel".

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05-28-2009, 12:54 PM
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Too damn young. He was part of the team that was assembled when I first became a fan. Lots of good memories.

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I just got back from the visitation an hour ago. The lineup was very long and apparently it was like that all day. I hadn't met his mom before but she calls this a celebration of life more than anything and she still can't believe he played in the NHL.

There were a couple of hockey players there, and at least one high school teacher. I saw some familiar faces but I don't know if I knew them from school or from hockey. There was a flower arrangement from the Leafs, the Don Mills Flyers (in the shape of the Flyers logo), the OTR gang and tons more. I didn't look at them all but was hoping to find one from our Flyers just so I could tell you guys. They had a computer set up with a never ending cycle of pictures of Peter from high school to present, which was really neat.

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Nice expression, Woof.

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05-29-2009, 11:04 AM
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Nice that you could go Woof..

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Just dug this up from the internet...

Peter Zezel - hockeydraftcentral.com


Things you may not have known, from his days with the Flyers...
  • Set Philadelphia single-season record (since broken) for assists by rookie with 46 in 1984-85.
  • Finished fifth in 1984-85 NHL rookie scoring race with 61 points.
  • Led Philadelphia with 14 power-play goals in 1987-88.

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05-29-2009, 11:17 AM
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^ 1987-88 was the Year without Kerr. The PP was a wreck, in the early stages especially. There was a skid of 46 or 48 in a row, I'm pretty sure it was Zezel who ended it. Something like 2/3rds of his goals that year came on the PP.

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A couple of articles about the funeral one with a video clip...

http://www.citynews.ca/news/news_34952.aspx

http://www.thestar.com/sports/article/642644
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It was standing room only, just like it was when he played for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

About 800 mourners packed to overflowing St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Mississauga today for the funeral of 15-year NHL veteran Peter Zezel.

It was so crowded, some mourners had to stand on the steps outside the church.

Zezel, 44, died Tuesday as a result of a rare blood disease called hemolytic anemia.

Former teammates, NHL executives, friends, relatives, sports media and Lieutenant-Governor David Onley attended the service at the Dixie Rd. church.

Zezel's casket was carried into the church by relatives and former Leafs teammates Mark Osborne and Steve Thomas.
Edit -- Another video -- http://video.ottawasun.ca/search/zez...ll/24691158001


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I just got back from the visitation an hour ago. The lineup was very long and apparently it was like that all day.
What struck me most about those in line was how many of them had nothing to do with hockey or soccer. Peter wasn't all about high profile people. Neighbours, people from his favourite Timmies, from the grocery store, and from various charities were out in full force.

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They had a computer set up with a never ending cycle of pictures of Peter from high school to present, which was really neat.
It was nice to see him so happy away from the rink. My favourite was the baby photo.

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