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Zarley Bennett Zalapski (April 22, 1968 – December 12, 2017) was a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who played from 1987 to 2010.

Zarley Zalapski
Zarley Zalapski, Lausanne Hockey Club - HC Sierre, 20.01.2010.jpg
Born (1968-04-22)April 22, 1968
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Died December 12, 2017(2017-12-12) (aged 49)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Pittsburgh Penguins
Hartford Whalers
Calgary Flames
Montreal Canadiens
Philadelphia Flyers
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 4th overall, 1986
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 1987–2010

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Playing careerEdit

Zalapski's career started with the Fort Saskatchewan Traders of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. In his first season with the Traders, Zalapski tallied 70 points in 67 games, including 17 goals. Zalapski spent the next two years playing with the Canadian National Team. Zalapski was picked 4th in the 1st round by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft. He has tallied 99 goals, and 285 assists, for a total of 384 points in his 637 games in the NHL. He also registered 684 penalty minutes.

He was a member of the Canadian Olympic Hockey team in the 1988 Winter Olympics held in Calgary, Alberta. Canada would end up missing the medal podium and finished in fourth place. Although Canada lost their first game in the medal round, Zalapski played a key role in the team's victories over West Germany and Czechoslovakia.

After his 11-year career in the National Hockey League playing for the Penguins, Hartford Whalers, Calgary Flames, Montreal Canadiens, and Philadelphia Flyers, he then played for teams in hockey leagues in Germany, Italy, Sweden, Austria, and finally in Switzerland. On December 2, 2008, Zalapski's skate accidentally made a deep cut on Genève-Servette HC's player Jérôme Bonnet.

Zalapski retired after the 2009–10 NLB season.

PersonalEdit

Zalapski is the son of Len and Bonnie Zalapski. His unusual first name comes as a result of his father, Len being a golf enthusiast naming him after professional golfer Kermit Zarley. In 2006, he became a Swiss citizen through marriage.

Zalapski died on December 12, 2017, at the age of 49, after suffering complications related to a viral infection. He had been hospitalized in October 2017 with a viral infection and was released later that month after treatment.[1][2][3]

AwardsEdit

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1984–85 Fort Saskatchewan Traders AJHL 67 17 53 70 14
1985–86 Fort Saskatchewan Traders AJHL 23 17 30 47 10
1985–86 Canadian National Team Intl 32 2 4 6 10
1986–87 Canadian National Team Intl 74 11 29 40 28
1987–88 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 15 3 8 11 7
1987–88 Canadian National Team Intl 55 4 16 20 34
1988–89 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 58 12 33 45 57 11 1 8 9 13
1989–90 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 51 6 25 31 37
1990–91 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 66 12 36 48 59
1990–91 Hartford Whalers NHL 11 3 3 6 6 6 1 3 4 8
1991–92 Hartford Whalers NHL 79 20 37 57 120 7 2 3 5 6
1992–93 Hartford Whalers NHL 83 14 51 65 94
1993–94 Hartford Whalers NHL 56 7 30 37 56
1993–94 Calgary Flames NHL 13 3 7 10 18 7 0 3 3 2
1994–95 Calgary Flames NHL 48 4 24 28 46 7 0 4 4 4
1995–96 Calgary Flames NHL 80 12 17 29 115 4 0 1 1 10
1996–97 Calgary Flames NHL 2 0 0 0 0
1997–98 Calgary Flames NHL 35 2 7 9 41
1997–98 Montreal Canadiens NHL 28 1 5 6 22 6 0 1 1 4
1998–99 ZSC Lions NLA 11 1 5 6 37
1999-00 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 12 0 2 2 6
1999-00 Utah Grizzlies IHL 56 4 24 28 69 5 1 1 2 4
1999-00 Long Beach Ice Dogs IHL 7 0 5 5 6
2000–01 Houston Aeros IHL 9 0 2 2 12
2000–01 Munich Barons DEL 20 3 3 6 43 3 0 0 0 2
2001–02 HC Merano Serie A 26 5 9 14 12
2002–03 IF Björklöven HA 7 2 3 5 10
2004–05 Kalamazoo Wings UHL 11 2 2 4 12
2005–06 Rapperswil-Jona Lakers NLA 4 0 1 1 18
2005–06 Innsbrucker EV OEL 2 0 0 0 0
2005–06 EHC Visp NLB 10 0 2 2 37
2006–07 EHC Chur NLB 5 1 5 6 36
2007–08 EHC Biel NLB 33 2 14 16 46
2008–09 EHC Olten NLB 34 2 18 20 54
2009–10 Lausanne HC NLB 1 0 1 1 2
NHL Totals 637 99 285 384 684 48 4 23 27 47
AJHL Totals 90 34 83 117 24
IHL Totals 72 4 31 35 87 5 1 1 2 4
International Totals 161 17 49 66 72
Swiss (NLA & NLB) Totals 98 6 46 52 230
European Totals 153 16 61 77 295

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