Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Peter Zezel
Peter Zezel was a high-scoring junior with the Toronto Marlboros when he was selected 41st overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft.

In his first NHL season, he established a Flyers rookie record of 46 assists while helping the team to a berth in the Stanley Cup finals. He was quickly regarded as one of the league's premier faceoff men and used his tenacious style to earn himself duty on the penalty-killing unit.

Zezel played a vital role in the resurgence of the Maple Leafs in the early 1990's as a checking centre and faceoff specialist, but he also added his share of timely goals using the soft hands and hard shot developed in his junior days.

He was awarded to Dallas as part of a compensation package in 1994 when the Leafs signed Dallas forward Mike Craig. The following year, Zezel signed as a free agent with St. Louis. After a short stint with the Blues, he was traded to New Jersey before being traded to Vancouver by the Devils on February 5, 1998.

Zezel left hockey in 1999 to focus on family issues. His two-year-old niece had succumbed to leukemia and he lost his passion for hockey. In the summer of 2001, he was diagnosed with hemolytic anemia, a rare disorder in which red blood cells are destroyed faster than the body can replace them.

Zezel's skills were not only limited to the ice. He saw action with the Toronto Blizzard of the North American Soccer League and the North York Rockets of the Canadian Soccer League.

On May 26, 2009, at age 44, Peter Zezel lost his battle to his rare blood disorder.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1981-82 Don Mills Flyers MTHL 40 43 51 94 36
1982-83 Toronto Marlboros OHL 66 35 39 74 28 4 2 4 6 0
1983-84 Toronto Marlboros OHL 68 47 86 133 31 9 7 5 12 4
1984-85 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 65 15 46 61 26 +22 19 1 8 9 28
1985-86 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 79 17 37 54 76 +27 5 3 1 4 4
1986-87 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 71 33 39 72 71 +21 25 3 10 13 10
1987-88 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 69 22 35 57 42 +7 7 3 2 5 7
1988-89 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 26 4 13 17 15 -13
1988-89 St. Louis Blues NHL 52 17 36 53 27 -1 10 6 6 12 4
1989-90 St. Louis Blues NHL 73 25 47 72 30 -9 12 1 7 8 4
1990-91 Washington Capitals NHL 20 7 5 12 10 -13
1990-91 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 32 14 14 28 4 -7
1991-92 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 64 16 33 49 26 -22
1992-93 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 70 12 23 35 24 0 20 2 1 3 6
1993-94 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 41 8 8 16 19 +5 18 2 4 6 8
1994-95 Dallas Stars NHL 30 6 5 11 19 -6 3 1 0 1 0
1994-95 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 2 0 0 0 0
1995-96 St. Louis Blues NHL 57 8 13 21 12 -2 10 3 0 3 2
1996-97 St. Louis Blues NHL 35 4 9 13 12 +6
1996-97 New Jersey Devils NHL 18 0 3 3 4 +4 2 0 0 0 10
1997-98 New Jersey Devils NHL 5 0 3 3 0 +2
1997-98 Albany River Rats AHL 35 13 37 50 18 +2
1997-98 Vancouver Canucks NHL 25 5 12 17 2 +13
1998-99 Vancouver Canucks NHL 41 6 8 14 16 +5
1999-00
2000-01
2001-02
2002-03 Cambridge Hornets OHA-Sr. 8 5 4 9 0 3 0 2 2 5
2003-04 Cambridge Hornets OHA-Sr. 18 7 17 24 16
2004-05 Cambridge Hornets OHA-Sr. 4 0 6 6 2
NHL Totals 873 219 389 608 435 131 25 39 64 83


Traded to St. Louis by Philadelphia for Mike Bullard, November 29, 1988. Traded to Washington by St. Louis with Mike Lalor for Geoff Courtnall, July 13, 1990. Traded to Toronto by Washington with Bob Rouse for Al Iafrate, January 16, 1991. Transferred to Dallas by Toronto with Grant Marshall as compensation for Toronto's signing of free agent Mike Craig, August 10, 1994. Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, October 19, 1995. Traded to New Jersey by St. Louis for Chris McAlpine and New Jersey's 9th round pick (James Desmarais) in 1999 NHL Draft, February 11, 1997. Traded to Vancouver by New Jersey for Vancouver's 5th round pick (Anton But) in 1998 NHL Draft, February 5, 1998.
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