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Jerry Toppazzini, RW

Jerry Toppazzini was an aggressive forechecker and expert penalty killer who played a key role as a second line winger for the Boston Bruins during his 12 year NHL career.
Hockey's Glory Days - the 1950s and 1960s by Dan Diamond, Eric Zweig, page 155

Goals: 12th, 19th
Assists: 12th, 17th, 19th
Points: 18th, 20th, 20th

"3rd Team All Star" in 1957 behind Gordie Howe and Maurice Richard, ahead of healthy Andy Bathgate

Played in the 1955, 1958, and 1959 All Star games, all on merit.

Won the Elizabeth C Dufresne Trophy twice in a row, in 1956-57 and 195758, as the best performing and most popular Boston Bruin at home games.

Most Shorthanded points 1952-53 to 1966-67 (via overpass):

Gordie Howe 1030 19 15 34
Eric Nesterenko 894 22 10 32
Jerry Toppazzini 783 19 13 32
Don Marshall 862 16 13 29
Bob Pulford 727 23 5 28
XXX 964 14 12 26
Alex Delvecchio 1024 16 9 25
Red Kelly 990 12 10 22
Fleming Mackell 483 10 8 18
Allan Stanley 901 2 14 16
George Armstrong 942 7 9 16
Bobby Hull 674 10 5 15
Norm Ullman 817 6 9 15
Dave Keon 472 9 5 14
Tim Horton 978 3 11 14

Hall of Fame referee Red Storey called Toppazzini the best penalty killer he ever saw. (Sources= Pelletier, William Boyd - All Roads Lead to Hockey)

1957-58 Coaches Poll - Toppazini was selected the best penalty killer in the NHL

Originally Posted by Ken Campbell
An industrious checker and penalty killer who wore his NHL career on his face, Jerry Toppazzini never won a Stanley Cup.
Toppazzini made it to the Stanley Cup final twice with the Boston Bruins, but it was right in the middle of the Montreal Canadiens run of five straight titles. He regularly drew the assignment of checking guys like Rocket Richard and Gordie Howe and earned most of his facial road map when Ted Lindsay clubbed him across the face, breaking both orbital bones and his nose.

Sounds like Toppazzini would sometimes switch to LW to shadow Howe or Richard

Originally Posted by Joe Pelletier
Topper was a popular, grinding third liner known for his enthusiastic forechecking, the type of lunch pail player Boston fans love. He was a consistent 15 goal, 45/50 point threat back in the day. He was a leader in the dressing room, too, known for his incessant chattering.
Originally Posted by legendsofhockey
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 was known as a hard-nosed winger who could kill penalties and chip in some goals

Originally Posted by Bronco Horvath
Willie (O'Ree) was one of the few guys who could take Topper's crazy chatter, give it back to him and shut him up. Topper was always giving everybody the business, keeping up a competitive atmosphere. Drove me nuts

Originally Posted by Coach Lynn Patrick
I picked him because he never stops hustling when he's on the ice. He isn't the most graceful player in the world, but he's dangerous around the net.
The Calgary Herald, Dec 16, 1953

It was typical of Jerry Toppazzini that when he ran into trouble with his legs last season and came up with only an even dozen goals, three quarters of them were scored against the high-flying Montreal Canadiens and Chicago Black Hawks.

A hardrock son of Copper Cliff, Ont., the "Topper" also contributed assists on 33 other goals...

At 29 he conveys the impression of a youthful zest with a particular liking for the game when the going gets rough.

The type of player coaches class as "spark plug, Topper came up from the Barrie, Ont. Flyers...

Five feet, 11 inches tall and a compact 180 pounds, Toppazzini is a right-winger but has also turned in good service as a centre. He shoots right-handed.

A bunch of energy and enthusiasm, his main asset, aside from upper-bracket playing ability is his contribution to team spirit.
Ottawa Citizen, Jan 21, 1961

"The best (I ever played with in junior hockey) was Jerry Toppazzini. The guy was so intense. He loved any competition."

(Sam) Cancilla says that Red Storey, the veteran on-ice hockey official and a Barrie native, had called Toppazzini probably the best penalty killer he'd ever seen. This was after Toppazzini had scored 7 shorthanded goals in one season, a record at the time. "And I can see why, because of the tremendous intensity. Even in road hockey."
All Roads Lead to Hockey: Reports from Northern Canada to the Mexican Border, by William T Boyd, pg 14-15

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