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April 22, 1968 - December 10, 2017

With overwhelming heartache and sadness we announce the sudden passing of Zarley Zalapski. Zarley, age 49, was diagnosed with a viral infection in early October 2017 and admitted to the Foothills Cardiac ICU. After extensive treatment and improved condition, he was released from the hospital at the end of October 2017. Regrettably, due to heart complications from the viral infection, Zarley passed away in his sleep on December 10, 2017 in Calgary. Zarley is survived by his wife Klaudija, two sons Zen and Kai, parents Bonnie and Leonard, sister Kyla and nephew Zyhra.
A private family service will be held. A celebration of Zarley to follow at a later date.
Zarley was a first round, fourth overall draft pick by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1986 and began his NHL career following the '88 Calgary Olympic Games where he played defense for Team Canada. Zarley played for several NHL teams throughout his career, including the Calgary Flames from 1993 to 1998.
Following his ten year NHL career, Zarley played for various professional hockey teams in Europe most notably in the Swiss League. His European career spanned from 2001 until 2010. In recent years Zarley engaged in numerous volunteer endeavours including Hockey Helps the Homeless, Calgary Royals Hockey and the Flames Alumni.
Off the ice, Zarley lived a quiet and simple life, enjoying golf and fishing in his spare time. A man of few words, Zarley was always gracious and courteous to friends, fans and media during and after his hockey career. A generous and sensitive soul who will be deeply missed by many.
Donations in Zarley's memory can be made to Hockey Helps the Homeless at:
Published in The Edmonton Journal on Dec. 21, 2017
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