Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jerry Toppazzini
During the thirties, Copper Cliff was one of only three towns across Ontario that had an indoor rink. Jerry Toppazzini, his brother Zellio, Tim Horton, Tod Sloan and George Armstrong were all huddled together under that one roof, raising the level of each other's play.

When it came time to aspire beyond Copper Cliff, Toppazzini settled in with the Barrie Flyers of the OHA. During his final season, he led his club to a Memorial Cup victory on the strength of 106 points in 66 games.

After a successful season with the Hershey Bears of the AHL, Toppazzini joined the NHL in 1952, putting in short stops with the Bruins, Blackhawks and Red Wings before settling in with the Bruins again for the core of his career.

Topper earned his stripes as a hard-driving winger who could kill penalties and score his share of goals. In 1957-58, he set, what was at the time, an NHL record, scoring 7 short-handed goals in one season.

Toppazzini remained with the Bruins until 1964 before rounding out his on-ice career with the Pittsburgh Hornets of the AHL, the Los Angeles Blades of the WHL and the Port Huron Flags of the IHL.

Upon retirement, he coached in Port Huron, Springfield and Sudbury where he was named the OHL's coach of the year in 1976.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1947-48 Copper Cliff Jr. Redmen NOJHA 9 4 1 5 0 3 2 1 3 0
1947-48 Copper Cliff Jr. Redmen M-Cup 7 2 3 5 2
1948-49 St. Catharines Teepees OHA-Jr. 45 24 20 44 37 5 2 2 4 4
1949-50 Barrie Flyers OHA-Jr. 36 15 17 32 60 9 1 4 5 4
1950-51 Barrie Flyers OHA-Jr. 54 40 50 90 116 12 7 9 16 15
1950-51 Barrie Flyers M-Cup 11 7 11 18 28
1951-52 Hershey Bears AHL 54 20 25 45 26 5 0 1 1 4
1952-53 Boston Bruins NHL 69 10 13 23 36 11 0 3 3 9
1953-54 Boston Bruins NHL 37 0 5 5 24
1953-54 Hershey Bears AHL 16 5 10 15 23
1953-54 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 14 5 3 8 18
1954-55 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 9 18 27 59
1955-56 Detroit Red Wings NHL 40 1 7 8 31
1955-56 Boston Bruins NHL 28 7 7 14 22
1956-57 Boston Bruins NHL 55 15 23 38 26 10 0 1 1 2
1957-58 Boston Bruins NHL 64 25 24 49 51 12 9 3 12 2
1958-59 Boston Bruins NHL 70 21 23 44 61 7 4 2 6 0
1959-60 Boston Bruins NHL 69 12 33 45 26
1960-61 Boston Bruins NHL 67 15 35 50 35
1961-62 Boston Bruins NHL 70 19 31 50 26
1962-63 Boston Bruins NHL 65 17 18 35 6
1963-64 Boston Bruins NHL 65 7 4 11 15
1964-65 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 65 16 31 47 32 4 2 6 8 0
1965-66 Los Angeles Blades WHL 47 6 17 23 8
1966-67 Los Angeles Blades WHL 59 19 37 56 22
1967-68 Port Huron Flags IHL 37 11 26 37 25
NHL Totals 783 163 244 407 436 40 13 9 22 13


Brother of Zellio Played in NHL All-Star Game (1955, 1958, 1959) Traded to Chicago by Boston for Gus Bodnar, February 16, 1954. Traded to Detroit by Chicago with Dave Creighton, Gord Hollingworth and John McCormack for Tony Leswick, Glen Skov, Johnny Wilson and Benny Woit, May 27, 1955. Traded to Boston by Detroit with Real Chevrefils for Murray Costello and Lorne Ferguson, January 17, 1956. Traded to Chicago by Boston with Matt Ravlich for Murray Balfour and Mike Draper, June 9, 1964. Traded to Detroit (Pittsburgh-AHL) by Chicago (Buffalo-AHL) for Hank Ciesla, October 10, 1964. Claimed by Los Angeles (WHL) from Detroit in Reverse Draft, June 9, 1965.