This week I learned an old friend from my hockey era (1976-96) had passed away at the age of 44. The former Flyer, Peter Zezel was someone I first met at his first training camp. I had taken a few players to the hospital following a spirited practice one late summer day back in 1984.
Zez became a friend, and big supporter of the youth hockey program I had the good fortune to run for so many years for the Flyers. He showed up at clinics and tutored aspiring players, made appearances at key events like the Flyers Cup, and served as a role model for so many aspiring players.
Zezel was one of the true class acts to ever cross the ice at The Spectrum and was in so many ways the type of athlete that former GM Keith Allen always sought to have wear the Orange, Black and White. Zezel exuded character, and always showed class on and off the ice.
Rest in peace, Peter.