Zarley Zalapski is a veteran of international hockey. He was a member of the Canadian National Team from 1985 to 1988 and participated in the World Hockey Championships and Olympic games during that time.
He was Pittsburgh's first choice in the 1986 Entry Draft and joined the Penguins after the 1988 Olympics. He had a superb rookie season in 1988-89 and was named to the NHL all-rookie team that year.
Zalapski was an offensive defenceman, posting a career high for goals in 1991-92 and points in 1992-93 as a member of the Hartford Whalers. He was a great skater with speed and agility during his prime years in the NHL.
After playing a year in Switzerland, he returned to North America in 1999 and eventually signed with the Philadelphia Flyers as a free agent in February 2000. He appeared in 12 games with the Flyers, registering two assists. Zalapski returned to Europe to play for the Munich Barons in 2000-01 after nine games with the Houston Aeros of the IHL at the start of the year.