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Stelio Zupancich


This is Stelio Zupancich. Very few people will remember that he represented Canada at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid.

The 5'9" 180lb forward left the Oshawa Generals and joined the Canadian national team in 1979-80. The speedy forward made the final Olympic cut and played in Lake Placid alongside the likes of Glenn Anderson, Randy Gregg, Paul MacLean, Tim Watters and Jim Nill. Zupancich was not just a depth player, either, I might add. He scored 4 points in 6 Olympic games. Canada failed to medal in that tournament.

Never drafted by a NHL team Zupancich hung up his skates after the Olympics and he became a banker.

Years later he was in the headlines once again as the result of a generous gift from his birth mother. She had won the lottery and gave him $2 million, much to the chagrin of the rest of the mother's family who had no idea she had another soon from a previously failed marriage. This all came out in trials after his mother mysteriously died. Her long time husband, Dr. Joseph Roncaioli, was found guilty of manslaughter.

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