Former Flyer Peter Zezel dies at age 44

May 26, 2009 5:46:16 PM PDT
Peter Zezel, a center who played 15 NHL seasons after breaking into the league with the Philadelphia Flyers as a teenager, has died. He was 44. Zezel struggled with a rare blood disease called hemolytic anemia the past 10 years. He suffered from the ailment off and on, but had rebounded after being in critical condition in 2001.

The Toronto Sun reported that Zezel was admitted to the hospital last week for scheduled surgery, but complications developed and his conditioned worsened. The gritty center who became known for his strong two-way game died Tuesday.

In 873 NHL games with Philadelphia, St. Louis, Washington, Toronto, Dallas, New Jersey and Vancouver, Zezel had 219 goals and 389 assists.

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