Former NHLer Peter Zezel Passes away

Posted by David Minuk in General NHL on May 26, 2009 — 3 Comments

Sad news out of Toronto is that Peter Zezel has passed away and on behalf of all the contributor’s here at Illegalcurve we offer our condolences to the Zezel family.


Former NHL player Peter Zezel passed away at a Toronto hospital on Tuesday, after a long battle with a blood disorder.

Zezel, 44, spent the last 10 years being treated for haemolytic anaemia, a rare disorder in which red blood cells are destroyed faster than the body can replace them. 

His family released the following statement:

“Peter will forever be remembered as a great teammate and a wonderful individual, who touched the lives of many both on and off the ice. In his typical character of generosity, Peter has donated his organs through the Trillium Gift of Life Network. We would like to thank all of Peter’s friends and family for their support and we ask for privacy during this difficult time.”

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His family has asked that in lieu of flowers donations be made to made in Peter Zezel’s name to the James Birrell Fund at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. The cheques should be made¬† payable to “The James Fund” and can be mailed to:

The James Fund
625 Whitaker Street #4
Peterborough, ON
K9H 7L5

  • Sad day.

  • I wasn’t ever a big Leafs fan but who can forget his goal against the Canucks in the 94 Western Conference Final.

    Wish his family all the best.

  • Slapshot

    Sad news.