Lazarus "Larry, Rock" Zeidel (June 1, 1928 – June 17, 2014) was a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman, most notably for the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League, for whom he played nine seasons.


Zeidel was Jewish,[1] and was born in Montreal, Canada.

Zeidel played for the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Black Hawks in the early 1950s, and concluded his career with the Philadelphia Flyers in the late 1960s. In between, he played for numerous teams in the Western Hockey League (minor pro) and the American Hockey League.

He won a Stanley Cup in 1952 with the Detroit Red Wings. He won the Calder Cup in 1964 with the Cleveland Barons.

He promoted himself to all 1967 expansion franchises using a self-made promotion kit and resume, subsequently drawing the interest of the Philadelphia Flyers who signed him to a contract at age 39. While playing for the Philadelphia Flyers he was involved in a violent stick-swinging duel with Boston's Eddie Shack. Both men were bleeding.

Zeidel's Romanian grandparents were burned to death in Nazi concentration camps.[2] Zeidel died on June 17, 2014 of complications from congestive heart failure, kidney problems and dementia.[3] He was 86.

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