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Zarley Zalapski
Position Defenceman
Nickname(s) ZZ
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
215 lb (98 kg)
Swiss-B Team
F. Teams
Lausanne Hockey Club
Pittsburgh Penguins
Hartford Whalers
Calgary Flames
Montreal Canadiens
Philadelphia Flyers
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born April 22, 1968(1968-04-22),
Edmonton, AB, CAN
Died December 10 2017 (aged 49),
Calgary, AB, CAN
NHL Draft Rnd 1, 4th overall, 1986
Pittsburgh Penguins
Pro Career 1987 – 2010

Zarley Bennett Zalapski (April 22, 1968 – December 10, 2017) was a Canadian ice hockey defenceman.

Playing career

Zalapski's career started with the Fort Saskatchewan Traders of the AJHL. 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. He was a member of the Canadian Olympic Hockey team in the 1988 Olympics held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Canada would end up missing the medal podium and finished in 4th 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. He is most well known for his 11 year career in the NHL playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Hartford Whalers, Calgary Flames, Montreal Canadiens, and Philadelphia Flyers. He has since played for teams in hockey leagues in Germany, Italy, and most recently Switzerland.

Zalapski was picked 4th in the 1st round by the Penguins in the 1986 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.

In 2006 he became a Swiss citizen through marriage.


Zalapski died on December 10, 2017, at the age of 49, after suffering complications related to a viral infection.


NHL All-Rookie Team (1989) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1993) NHL (PIT, HFD, CGY, MTL): 637/99/285/680



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