Peter's father, Peter Sr., was a very accomplished soccer player who played for the Serbian White Eagles. Peter was born and raised in Scarborough and the soccer skills he acquired playing for the Wexford Soccer Club, resulted in him displaying abilities in hockey which were the direct result of his soccer playing background.He was asked to join the Canadian Under 21 Soccer team and played internationally for Canada. Peter was drafted by the Toronto Blizzard of the NASL, and although he never played in the NASL, he was a member of the team that travelled the province playing in exhibition games. During the summer of 1991 he played for the North York Rockets of the Canadian Soccer League. At the age of 19, Peter joined the Philadelphia Flyers camp. During his first season in the National Hockey League (NHL), he made an instant impact finishing 5th in rookie scoring. He scored 61 points and set an NHL rookie record with 46 assists. He had the honour of playing in a Stanley Cup Final only to lose to the Edmonton Oilers. Peter also played for the New Jersey Devils, Vancouver Canucks, Dallas Stars, St Louis Blues and The Toronto Maple Leafs, appearing in a total of 873 games, scoring 219 goals, with 389 assists and a total of 608 points. Throughout his hockey career Peter continued to play soccer and he would be the first one to state that soccer helped him tremendously during his professional hockey career.As a volunteer, Peter as the Honorary Chairman of the Robbie International Soccer Tournament.
He is remembered as an excellent soccer player, an outstanding hockey player, a charitable man, a caring friend and a tremendous teammate.
Peter Zezel (1965-2009)