Hockey

Former NHLer Zezel remembered as fun-loving

Hundreds of mourners crammed inside a church Friday in Mississauga, Ont., to pay their respects to one-time NHL forward Peter Zezel.

Players, management among hundreds who filled Ontario church for funeral

Hundreds of mourners crammed inside a church Friday in Mississauga, Ont., to pay their respects to one-time NHL forward Peter Zezel.

Zezel, who played 15 seasons in the league with seven teams including Toronto and Vancouver, died Tuesday at the age of 44 after suffering from a rare blood disorder for the last 10 years.

Former Maple Leafs teammates Doug Gilmour and Wendel Clark, along with one-time Toronto general manager Cliff Fletcher were among those in attendance at the funeral service.

Outside the mass at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, Clark called Zezel an "ambassador for the game, an ambassador for how to love life and have fun."

Zezel was drafted 41st overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1983.

He posted 219 goals and 389 assists for 608 points in 873 games with the St. Louis Blues, Washington Capitals, Dallas Stars, New Jersey Devils, Maple Leafs, Canucks and Flyers.

Zezel played both pro hockey and soccer.