Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Zellio Toppazzini
Right-winger Zellio Toppazzini was a fine scorer who stood his ground in the corners and the slot. He played parts of five years in the NHL and was a prolific offensive force in the AHL.

Born in Copper Cliff, Ontario, Toppazzini played in the NOHA with the Copper Cliff Redmen in 1947-48 before joining the St. Catharines Tee Pees of the OHA. He split his first two pro seasons between the Boston Bruins and the AHL's Hershey Bears.

In November 1950, the talented forward was sent to the New York Rangers for Dunc Fisher. He responded positively to the change of scenery by scoring 28 points and working effectively on a line with Edgar Laprade and Tony Leswick. Toppazzini played only 16 NHL games the next season before embarking on a productive decade-and-a-half career in the AHL.

Toppazzini spent parts of twelve seasons starring with the Providence Reds. He led the AHL with 53 assists in 1954-55 and was placed on the league's second all-star team. The next year, he was the top scorer in the loop with 113 points while earning selection to the AHL first all-star team. Toppazzini also led all playoff scorers with 20 points in nine games while helping the Reds win the Calder Cup. The veteran forward made into seven NHL games with the Chicago Black Hawks in 1956-57 and sat out the entire 1959-60 schedule. He returned for a little over three seasons before retiring early in 1963-64. During the 1964-65 season, Toppazzini coached at Providence College.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1946-47 Copper Cliff Jr. Redmen NOJHA 9 10 3 13 6 5 4 4 8 5
1947-48 St. Catharines Teepees OHA-Jr. 33 27 18 45 53 3 4 4 8 2
1948-49 Boston Bruins NHL 5 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 0
1948-49 Hershey Bears AHL 49 9 14 23 15
1949-50 Boston Bruins NHL 36 5 5 10 18
1949-50 Hershey Bears AHL 34 16 9 25 6
1950-51 Boston Bruins NHL 4 0 1 1 0
1950-51 Hershey Bears AHL 12 6 5 11 2
1950-51 New York Rangers NHL 55 14 14 28 27
1951-52 New York Rangers NHL 16 1 1 2 4
1951-52 Cincinnati Mohawks AHL 7 2 4 6 0
1951-52 Providence Reds AHL 33 20 25 45 6 11 3 7 10 2
1952-53 Providence Reds AHL 64 35 32 67 23
1953-54 Providence Reds AHL 70 33 43 76 18
1954-55 Providence Reds AHL 62 21 53 74 12
1955-56 Providence Reds AHL 64 42 71 113 44 9 7 13 20 2
1956-57 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 7 0 0 0 0
1956-57 Providence Reds AHL 44 13 40 53 16 5 0 1 1 4
1957-58 Providence Reds AHL 70 27 42 69 14 5 1 1 2 0
1958-59 Providence Reds AHL 67 17 38 55 14
1959-60
1960-61 Providence Reds AHL 68 31 34 65 2
1961-62 Providence Reds AHL 66 21 36 57 2 3 1 2 3 0
1962-63 Providence Reds AHL 61 16 24 40 10 6 4 4 8 0
1963-64 Providence Reds AHL 14 1 6 7 0 1 0 0 0 0
1964-65 Providence College Ivy
NHL Totals 123 21 22 43 49 2 0 0 0 0


Brother of Jerry
AHL Second All-Star Team (1955)
AHL First All-Star Team (1956)
John B. Sollenberger Trophy (Leading Scorer - AHL) (1956)
Traded to NY Rangers by Boston with Ed Harrison for Dunc Fisher and future considerations (loan of Alex Kaleta to Hershey-AHL, November 20, 1950), November 16, 1950. Traded to Providence (AHL) by NY Rangers with Pat Egan and Jean-Paul Denis for Jack Stoddard, January 1, 1952. Claimed by Chicago from Providence (AHL) in Inter-League Draft, June 5, 1956.
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