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Former Philadelphia Flyer Peter Zezel Dies at 44

Chris DiFrancescoAnalyst IMay 26, 2009

Sad news out of Toronto today as former Flyer Peter Zezel has died in a hospital as a result of a rare blood disorder.

It was reported earlier in the day that Zezel, 44, was going to be taken off life support by mid-afternoon. His family removed him from life-support early this evening. Zezel had fought the disorder, hemolytic anemia, for the last decade. But, obviously and unfortunately this time, he lost the battle.

Zezel was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1983. He was popular with the fans and also extremely popular with the female Flyers fans because of his charming good looks. 

He played here from 1984 to 1989. In that time, he made two trips to the Stanley Cup finals under then head coach Mike Keenan. He was one of the faces of that popular young group that made those cup runs, but never had the luck to finish it off.

Peter Zezel will be sorely missed within the Flyers community along with all of hockey. He was young and still full of life. God speed Peter. Lord knows you had it!

Zezel was only 44 years young.

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