Wolodymyr Zakaluzny was born on May 2, 1925, in Przemysil in Poland. His first experiences of top class soccer came while being one of many displaced Ukrainians that were located in Germany. Walter spent the 1947 season with Phonix FC in Karlsruhe. The followed spells with Dnister and the Sich club in Regensburg.
Walter progressed to Oberliga Süd club Jahn Regensburg. He played in 15 league games and scored 5 goals in the 1949-50 season. In the 1950-51 he played for Schwaben Augsburg, he played in 20 games and scored one goal in the Oberliga Süd.
Walter emigrated to Canada in July 1951 together with his wife and two children. The family settled in Toronto, where Walter quickly joined the Ukraina soccer club. Walter helped Toronto Ukraina win the National Soccer League Playoff Championship in the 1951, 1952 and 1953 seasons. The Ukrainians finished the 1954 and 1955 seasons on top of the final league standing, but failed to have success in the playoffs.
The 5’9″ and 170 pounds player often spent the winters playing for the Ukrainian-American Sport Club in Rochester, New York. In 1957 he was an important member of the Rochester Ukrainians when they reached United States National Amateur Cup final. However, the Ukrainians of Rochester lost against St. Louis Kutis in front of a crowd of 1,000 in St. Louis. Rochester Ukrainians won the 1956-57 North-Western Inter-City Soccer League championship.
One of the many highlights of Walter’s career was when he was picked to represent the Canadian National Team in the qualifying matches for the 1958 World Cup.
After retiring from playing Walter became a coach for Toronto Ukrainians’ junior teams. He passed away on September 1, 2013, in Toronto, Canada.