Former Leafs fill Toronto-area church to mourn ex-teammate Peter Zezel

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Hundreds of mourners packed a Toronto-area church Friday for the funeral service of former NHL player Peter Zezel.

Zezel, who played several seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, died Tuesday at the age of 44 after suffering from a rare blood disorder for the last 10 years.

Some of those in attendance included former Leafs teammates Doug Gilmour and Wendel Clark, and former team GM Cliff Fletcher.

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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.”

The Toronto native played in the NHL for 15 seasons, including three-plus seasons with the Leafs in the early 1990s.

Over his 873-game NHL career, Zezel scored 219 goals and collected 389 assists for 608 points.