Zarley Zalapski

swiss-canadian ice hockey defenceman (1968-2017)

Zarley Bennett Zalapski (April 22, 1968 – December 10, 2017) was a Canadian-Swiss professional ice hockey defenceman. He was born in Edmonton, Alberta. He played from 1987 to 2010. He played for the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Hartford Whalers, the Calgary Flames, the Montreal Canadiens and for the Philadelphia Flyers.

Zarley Zalapski
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

Zalapski died on December 12, 2017 in Calgary, Alberta of a viral infection at the age of 49.[1] After his death, his sister sent his brain to Toronto to be studied. Doctors said that Zalapski had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).[2]


  1. "Former NHL defenceman Zarley Zalapski dead at 49 -". 12 December 2017. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  2. "Zarley Zalapski's story shows CTE isn't black and white". The Globe and Mail. 14 September 2018. Retrieved July 27, 2023.

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