June 1, 1928|
Montreal, QC, CAN
|Died||June 17, 2014
Philadelphia, PA, USA
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
|Played for||Detroit Red Wings
Chicago Black Hawks
Lazarus "Larry, Rock" Zeidel (June 1, 1928 – June 17, 2014) was a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman, most notably for the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League, for whom he played nine seasons.
Zeidel played for the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Black Hawks in the early 1950s, and concluded his career with the Philadelphia Flyers in the late 1960s. In between, he played for numerous teams in the Western Hockey League (minor pro) and the American Hockey League.
He promoted himself to all 1967 expansion franchises using a self-made promotion kit and resume, subsequently drawing the interest of the Philadelphia Flyers who signed him to a contract at age 39. While playing for the Philadelphia Flyers he was involved in a violent stick-swinging duel with Boston's Eddie Shack.
Zeidel's Romanian grandparents were burned to death in Nazi concentration camps. Zeidel died on June 17, 2014 of complications from congestive heart failure, kidney problems and dementia. He was 86.
- Larry Zeidel's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Larry Zeidel's biography at Legends of Hockey
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