Zarley Zalapski

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Zarley Zalapski
Zarley Zalapski, Lausanne Hockey Club - HC Sierre, 20.01.2010.jpg
Zalapski in 2010
Born (1968-04-22)April 22, 1968
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Died December 10, 2017(2017-12-10) (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

Zarley Bennett Zalapski (April 22, 1968 – December 10, 2017) was a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who played from 1987 to 2010.

Playing career[edit]

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 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 deeply cut Genève-Servette HC player Jérôme Bonnet.

Zalapski retired after the 2009–10 NLB season.

Personal[edit]

Zalapski was the son of Len and Bonnie Zalapski. His unusual first name came as a result of his father Len, a golf enthusiast, naming him after professional golfer Kermit Zarley. Zalapski had one sister, Kyla.

Zalapski became a Swiss citizen in 2006 through his marriage to his wife, Klaudija. The couple had two sons, Zen and Kai.

Death[edit]

Zalapski died on December 10, 2017, at the age of 49, after suffering complications related to a viral infection. He had been hospitalized in October 2017 with viral myocarditis and was released later that month after treatment.[1][2][3]

Following his death, his sister Kyla Zalapski wanted to know if he had any brain health issues. [4] Zalapski had suffered at least two concussions in his NHL career. She had his brain sent to Toronto to be examined. Neuropathologist Dr. Lili-Naz Hazrati determined that Zalapsk had Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). He also had more tau (abnormal brain protein) than found in another former NHL defenceman, Steve Montador, who died at age 35.[5]

Awards[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1984–85 Fort Saskatchewan Traders AJHL 57 14 45 59 14 10 3 8 11 0
1985–86 Fort Saskatchewan Traders AJHL 27 20 33 53 46
1985–86 Canada Intl 32 2 4 6 10
1986–87 Canada Intl 74 11 29 40 28
1987–88 Canada Intl 55 4 16 20 34
1987–88 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 15 3 8 11 7
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 Montréal Canadiens NHL 28 1 5 6 22 6 0 1 1 4
1998–99 ZSC Lions NDA 11 1 5 6 37 3 1 0 1 4
1999–2000 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 12 0 2 2 6
1999–2000 Utah Grizzlies IHL 56 4 24 28 69 5 1 1 2 4
1999–2000 Long Beach Ice Dogs IHL 7 0 5 5 6
2000–01 Houston Aeros IHL 9 0 2 2 12
2000–01 München Barons DEL 20 3 3 6 43 3 0 0 0 2
2001–02 HC Merano ITA 26 5 9 14 12
2002–03 Esbjerg IK DNK 5 0 6 6 0
2002–03 IF Björklöven SWE II 14 1 4 5 6 3 0 0 0 4
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 AUT 2 0 0 0 0
2005–06 EHC Visp CHE II 6 0 2 2 8
2006–07 EHC Chur CHE II 5 1 5 6 36
2007–08 EHC Biel-Bienne CHE II 33 2 14 16 46
2008–09 EHC Olten CHE II 34 2 18 20 56
2008–09 Lausanne HC CHE II 2 0 1 1 2 14 1 7 8 10
2009–10 Lausanne HC CHE II 28 1 6 7 36 20 1 4 5 20
Intl totals 161 17 49 66 72
NHL totals 637 99 285 384 684 48 4 23 27 47
CHE II totals 113 6 46 52 213 34 2 11 13 30

International[edit]

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1987 Canada WC 10 0 3 3 2
1988 Canada OG 8 1 3 4 2
Senior totals 18 1 6 7 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Former Calgary Flames defenceman Zarley Zalapski dead at 49". globalnews.ca.
  2. ^ "Former NHL defenceman Zarley Zalapski dead at 49 - Sportsnet.ca". Sportsnet.ca. 12 December 2017. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Zalapski, former NHL defenseman, dies at 49". NHL.ca. 12 December 2017. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  4. ^ https://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/article-zarley-zalapskis-story-shows-cte-isnt-black-and-white/
  5. ^ https://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/article-zarley-zalapskis-story-shows-cte-isnt-black-and-white/

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Craig Simpson
Pittsburgh Penguins first round draft pick
1986
Succeeded by
Chris Joseph