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Jerry Toppazzini Dies at 80

Providence, RI (4/22/2012): Jerry Toppazzini, a former American Hockey League player and coach who played more than 700 games in the NHL, died Saturday, April 21, after a brief illness, the Sudbury, Ontario, Star has reported.

He was 80 and an active member of the Rhode Island Reds Heritage Society.

Toppazzini, a native of Copper Cliff, Ont., scored 20 goals as a rookie with the Hershey Bears in 1951-52 before a lengthy NHL career with Boston, Chicago and Detroit. He later coached the AHL's Springfield Kings from 1972-74. In January, Toppazzini accepted induction into the AHL Hall of Fame on behalf of his late brother Zellio, acclaimed as the Reds’ “Player of the Century,” who passed away in 2001.

For further information call 401-230-5905 or e-mail RIREDS15@gmail.com.

Jerry Toppazzini

R. I. Reds Heritage Society
PO Box 504 Lincoln, RI 02895
Telephone: 401-230-5905
email: RIREDS15@gmail.com