Former NHL defenceman Zarley Zalapski died at the age of 49 on Tuesday.
Zalapski played in the NHL between 1987-1998 and a 12-game stint during the 1999-00 season.
Originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins fourth overall in 1986, Zalapski made stops playing for the Hartford Whalers, Calgary Flames, Montreal Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers.
Ken King, President & CEO, Calgary Flames Hockey Club, released the following statement:
[blockquote]We are deeply saddened with the news of Zarley’s passing. We are proud that Zarley wore the Flames jersey; made Calgary his home following his playing career; represented our alumni executive; and we will always remember him as a member of the Flames family. This is a terrible loss of a man with great character who truly loved the game of hockey. We express our sincere condolences to the Zalapski family.[/blockquote]
During his 637 games of NHL experience, Zalapski scored 99 goals and 285 assists while racking up 684 penalty minutes.