Hamilton Tiger Cats

Wally Zatylny - Receiver - 1988-92, 94 - Bishops

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 excerpted Bishops HofF

There may never have been a more electrifying offensive football player for the Bishops Gaiters than Wally “White Lightning” Zatylny. From 1985 to 1987, Wally was an exceptionally fast wide receiver as well as punt and kick-off returner for the Gaiters.

During his university career Wally scored 20 touchdowns in 21 games and was literally a threat to score every time he touched the ball. Wally was awarded OQIFC all-star status for three consecutive seasons. The Greenfield Park native was named CIAU All-Canadian in 1986. In 1987 Wally led the nation in reception average and was awarded the Alouette Alumni Award as the most outstanding Quebec University football player.

 

After his exceptional collegiate career with the Bishop's Gaiters, Zatylny was drafted in the fourth round of the 1988 draft by the Calgary Stampeders. Prior to the 1988 season the Montreal native was dealt to the Hamilton Tiger Cats where immediately make contributions on special teams as the teams primary kick and punt returner. He also caught 7 passes including 1 for a touchdown in his rookie season.

 

Zatylny would excel as the primary returner for Hamilton in 1989 and 1990. He had his finest season in 1989 with 793 kick return yards and 523 on punts including 2 punt return touchdowns. He was named an Eastern All-Star in 1989. The 1990 season included his only kickoff return touchdown a 93 yarder.

Zatylny was a fan favourite with his strong work ethic and engaging personality. He would spend the 1993 season with the rival Toronto Argonauts compiling his best receiving yardage totals with 464 and a touchdown before re-joining Hamilton to spend his final season in pro football with the Tiger Cats in 1994.

He retired as Hamilton's all-time leader in kickoff return yardage and has been honoured on the clubs walk of fame. To this day you can still find his #21 Zatylny jerseys being worn by the Tiger Cat faithful.
 

Wally's brother Steve also out of Bishop's played with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1990-91 .

 

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-- statistics --

 

 

Wally Zatylny   Bishops  
  Receiving      
Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
1988 Ham 7 153 21.9 62 1
1989 Ham 16 279 17.4 67 2
1990 Ham 15 325 21.7 57 2
1991 Ham 16 241 15.1 75 2
1992 Ham 11 153 13.9 29 2
1993 Tor 34 464 13.6 41 1
1994 Ham 3 103 34.3 43 0
Total 6 102 1,718 16.8 58 10

 
  Punt Return  
Team No Yds Avg Lg TD
Ham 39 187 4.8 47 1
Ham 58 523 9.0 66 2
Ham 47 445 9.5 42 0
Ham 28 259 9.3 30 0
Ham 20 201 10.1 46 0
Tor 5 30 6.0 11 0
Ham 16 86 5.4 16 0
6 213 1,731 8.1 66 3

 
    Kick Return    
Yr Team No Yds Avg Lg TD
1988 Ham 39 785 20.1 44 0
1989 Ham 40 793 19.8 56 0
1990 Ham 33 687 20.8 93 1
1991 Ham 23 366 15.9 33 0
1992 Ham 8 156 19.5 48 0
1993 Tor 23 361 15.7 32 0
1994 Ham 10 173 17.3 32 0
Total 6 176 3,321 18.9 93 1