VAUGHAN, ON – Anthony Totera’s guests on this week’s special TouchLine coverage of the 2010 Soccer Hall of Fame Induction include:
- Valerie Zezel – mother of the late Peter Zezel, the first-ever recipient of the Brian Budd Award intended to recognize those who have excelled both in soccer and in another endeavour, who exemplify good character, show outstanding dedication, achievements and leadership in developing soccer in Canada and provide inspiration to past, present and future generations — on her memories of Peter’s active childhood playing soccer and hockey and his irrepressible zest for life.
Peter was influenced by his father, Peter Zezel Sr., a very accomplished soccer player for the Serbian White Eagles. Peter was born and raised in Scarborough and played his youth soccer for Wexford Soccer Club. The conditioning and skills he honed during his years on the pitch helped him on the ice. His soccer background made him a very strong player along the boards and one of the best face-off men in the NHL.
Zezel was a member of the Canadian Under-21 National Team in the 1982 CONCACAF Youth tournament. He was also drafted by the Toronto Blizzard of the NASL, though he never appeared in a NASL game. During the summer of 1991 he played for the North York Rockets of the Canadian Soccer League.
At the age of 19, Peter joined the Philadelphia Flyers camp. During his first season in the NHL, he made an instant impact finishing 5th in rookie scoring. He scored 61 points and set an NHL rookie record with 46 assists. He had the honour of playing in a Stanley Cup Final only to lose to the Edmonton Oilers. Peter also played for the New Jersey Devils, Vancouver Canucks, Dallas Stars, St Louis Blues and The Toronto Maple Leafs, appearing in a total of 873 games, scoring 219 goals, with 389 assists and a total of 608 points.
Throughout his hockey career Peter continued to play soccer and he would be the first one to state that soccer helped him tremendously during his professional hockey career. As a volunteer, Peter was the Honorary Chairman of the Robbie International Soccer Tournament.
Peter Zezel is remembered as an excellent soccer player, an outstanding hockey player, a charitable man, caring friend, and tremendous teammate.
Paul Cinelli – friend and business associate to the late Peter Zezel, on his memories growing up with Peter, his involvement with the Robbie Soccer Tournament, volunteering, coaching and his generosity helping kids for whom he always made time. Paul is a Physical and Health Education Specialist currently teaching with T.C.D.S.B….Grades 6—8/ High School including soccer, volleyball, basketball, cross country running, track and field and baseball. He is a certified coach and was involved with Peter Zezel’s Hockey and Sports Camps.
- Brenda Budd – wife of the late Brian Budd in whose memory the Soccer Hall of Fame newly minted the “Brian Budd Award” which is intended to recognize those who have excelled both in soccer and in another endeavour, who exemplify good character, show outstanding dedication, achievements and leadership in developing soccer in Canada and provide inspiration to past, present and future generations — on her and her children’s memories of their “Superstar” husband, father, athlete and generous community volunteer who loved teaching kids.
Budd was an all-around athlete in his youth. He was a competitive swimmer and was training to be a figure skater until he quit at age 14. He did not focus on soccer until he was 19 years old.
Brian became the most internationally recognized Canadian Soccer player through his participation in the various Super Star Competitions between 1978 and 1980. These competitions were televised all over the world, and brought together world class International athletes that had won regional competitions to compete on the show.
Brian became an international household name for excelling in these competitions, winning himself $170,000 in the process. After Brian won the ABC World Super Star competition for three years in a row, the Brian Budd rule was instigated. This rule stated that an individual could win the competition only three times after which they could not compete again.
Brian’s success and exposure coincided with a spike in soccer registrations in Canada and the U.S. between 1975 and 1980. Not long after Canada and the U.S. began to climb in the FIFA rankings.
Brian’s playing career includes winning a CIAU gold medal for the UBC Thunderbirds in 1974. He played seven seasons in the NASL, with the Vancouver Whitecaps, Colorado Caribou, and Toronto Metros Croatia. He also played at the International level for Canada seven times, scoring twice in World Cup qualification matches.
Brian, affectionately known as “Budgie”, became a well known soccer broadcaster, starting as the colour commentator for the Toronto Blizzard in 1982, and most recently on the Score Network’s Footy Show from 2004-2009.
- Carmine Marcantonio – mid-fielder on the 1976 NASL Soccer Bowl Champions and 2010 “Team of Distinction” Toronto Metros-Croatia, on his memories playing with an international all-star cast of players including Željko Bilečki, Filip Blašković, Eusébio, Ivair Ferriera, Ivica Grnja, Robert Iarusci, Ivan Lukačević, Marino Perani, Damir Sutevski, Wolfgang Sühnholz and Drago Vabec as well as the team dynamics under coaches Ivan Markovic and Domagoj Kapetanovic.
- Silvana Burtini — three-time FIFA Women’s World Cup participant and one of the most distinguished Canadian women’s national team players of all time, on growing up in a small B.C. town playing on male youth and senior teams enroute to making the Women’s National Team at age 17, playing in front of 60,000 fans in China alongside teammates like Charmaine Hooper and Christine Sinclair, her father’s and her husband’s influence in developing her soccer career and her involvement coaching soccer to inner-city kids with the Vancouver Police Department’s community outreach program.
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