On July 11, 2014, the City of Toronto announced that it is naming a section of road in Scarborough located in the Kennedy and Ellesmere Road area after the late Peter Zezel. Zezel was a former NHL player who played for a number of teams in his 15-year career including the hometown Maple Leafs. Zezel retired from professional hockey in 1999. He died in 2009 at the age of 44 after a battle with a blood disorder.
Zezel is one of many athletes who were either born, raised, or at one time called Scarborough home and are making or have a made a mark in the sports world. With the news about “Zezel Way”, I figure I should put out a list of well-known athletes who have at one time called Scarborough home.
For those who are not from the Toronto area, Scarborough is located in the east end of the city. It was once a city of its own before it amalgamated in 1999. The boundaries are Victoria Park Avenue to the west, Steeles Avenue to the north, the Rouge River to the east, and Lake Ontario to the south. That’s the official city flag in the top right. Population stands at over a half-a-million. Not only did Scarborough produce great world-renowned athletes, it was home to others in the entertainment and media world like actor Mike Myers, musicians the Barenaked Ladies, and Playboy playmate Jayde Nicole just to name a few.
This list is ongoing so I will update it as more names come up. See if you recognize any of them.
Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Wayne Simmonds (Philadelphia Flyers)
Devante Smith-Pelly (Montreal Canadiens; FYI: Smith-Pelley, Zezel, and I attended the same high school in Scarborough)
Anthony Stewart (most recently with Carolina Hurricanes)
Chris Stewart (Anthony’s brother; Buffalo Sabres)
Joel Ward (Washington Capitals)
Brad Park (Hockey Hall of Famer)
Peter Zezel (1965-2009; ex-NHL player)
Jeff Cowan (ex-NHL player)
Mike Ricci (ex-NHL player; won Stanley Cup with Colorado Avalanche in 1996)
Rick Tocchet (ex-NHL player; currently assistant coach with Pittsburgh Penguins)
Anson Carter (ex-NHL player)
Kevin Weekes (ex-NHL player; currently analyst on Hockey Night in Canada)
Ron Tugnutt (ex-NHL player; currently assistant coach with Peterborough Petes of OHL)
Natalie Spooner (Olympic gold medallist, Canadian Women’s Hockey Team)
Orlando Franklin (Denver Broncos)
Dwayne De Rosario (Toronto FC)
Ed Werenich (world champion curler)
George Kottaras (Major League Baseball player)
Jamaal Magloire (ex-NBA player; former Toronto Raptor)
Ben Johnson (sprinter)
Paul Tracy (race car driver)
UPDATE July 19:
Here’s a video of the unveiling of Zezel Way (from MapleLeafs.com):
UPDATE September 2nd:
The Toronto Blue Jays call up catcher George Kottaras from Buffalo (AAA).
UPDATE September 21st:
Natalie Spooner and Meaghan Mikkelson participated in Season 2 of The Amazing Race Canada. The final episode aired tonight and the pair finished second behind Mickey Henry and Pete Schmaltz. Good work girls!
UPDATE February 24, 2015:
Anaheim deals Devante Smith-Pelly to the Montreal Canadiens for Forward Jiri Sekac.