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Former NHL defenseman Zeidel dies at age 86

Tuesday, 06.17.2014 / 4:30 PM / News

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Former NHL defenseman Zeidel dies at age 86
Larry Zeidel, who played parts of five seasons in the NHL for three teams, passed away Tuesday at the age of 86.

Larry Zeidel, who played parts of five seasons in the NHL for three teams, died Tuesday at the age of 86. The former defenseman was battling congestive heart failure, kidney problems and dementia, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Nicknamed "The Rock," Zeidel played for the Detroit Red Wings (1951-53), Chicago Blackhawks (1953-54) and the Philadelphia Flyers (1967-69). He had 19 points (three goals, 16 assists) and 198 penalty minutes in 158 regular-season games and won a Stanley Cup with the Red Wings in 1952.

Zeidel also had a lengthy career in the American Hockey League and Western Hockey League.

"While Larry Zeidel really only played in our inaugural season, he helped define Philadelphia Flyers hockey," Flyers chairman Ed Snider said in a statement. "He was a tough son of a gun on the ice and a terrific fighter. He was a colorful guy and he was that way his whole life. It's a sad day for our team and we're really going to miss him."

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