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Up to date as of February 02, 2010

An Ice Hockey Wiki article.

Jerome Toppazzini (born July 29, 1931 in Copper Cliff, Ontario, Canada) is a retired Canadian ice hockey forward. Also on October 16 1960 Jerry Toppazzini (playing for Boston at this time) became the last forward to play goal in an NHL game at this date players hadn't been in goal since 1941. Boston's goalie Don Simmons was cut under the eye by a shot by the Eric Nesterenko (with the Chicago Black Hawks at that date) with 30 seconds left in the game. Jerry did not want to wait for the Black Hawks "House Goalie" to suit up so he went in net instead. He did not face any shots as the final few seconds ticked down.

Playing career

Toppazzini began his National Hockey League career with the Boston Bruins. He would also play with the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Black Hawks. His NHL career lasted from 1952 to 1964 and in that time he played in three National Hockey League All-Star Games. He retired in 1968.


Toppazzini's brother Zellio also played in the NHL. Great Uncle of NHL player Justin Williams, currently with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Coaching career

Toppazzini was the player-coach of the Port Huron Flags of the International Hockey League in 1967-68. His next head coach job was with the Springfield Kings of the [[American Hockey League for the 1972-73 and 1973-74 seasons.

He the became the coach of his hometown Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey Association in 1975-76 and 1976-77.

External links

  • Jerry Toppazzini's biography at Legends of Hockey

This article uses material from the "Jerry Toppazzini" article on the Ice Hockey wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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