I guess unless the player scores, gets an assist, plays goal, takes a penalty the HSP is pretty useless. Heck, even if you SERVE a penalty for the goaltender you gotta look elsewhere!
I was wondering if there are any links to the lineups for particular games from the past. The reason I ask is, yes, I've read the Montreal Gazette, and how it prints the rosters of the games the previous nights. But wasn't it proven that Henri Richard or someone on Montreal in the 1960/61 (maybe 1961/62) season didn't actually play some of the games he was credited with. I forget the thread.
The reason I ask is, I have a DISTANT relative, who I've met about 3 times in my life (That's 30 + years). His name is Danny Poliziani (Sr). He played one regular season game for Boston in 1958/59 and then 3 playoff games, according to Total Hockey and NHL Reference.
Now, he insists that it was just one regular season game and ZERO playoff games. Well, I should say his brother insists on that, and of course I argued 3 playoff games, citing the face he played ZERO AHL playoff games that year.
Then I thought back to that Richard Phantom game(s). Maybe what Danny's brother said is right. But anyways, the Gazette listed him as playing game 2 VS Toronto, and game 3, where he even served a penalty @ 5:40 of the first period for Harry Lumley. The Gazette doesn't have anything for April, so I guess I'll never know (unless someone can find it for me) what his last game was.
Apparently, his only regular season game was against Montreal, but I looked at a few games at the end of the season (where I think he would have been called up) and found nothing. His picture with the Bruins that year shows Danny wearing #18, and in a roaf (white) jersey, so I can assume it was after they called him up, gave him his jersey and played his first regular season game. Don Cherry had a picture with him in a road (white) jersey for his only game. BTW, Danny knew Don well and said they played together on the 53/54 Barrie Flyers and had a blast!
Could anyone help? I'd really appreciate it!
Last edited by Scott1980: 11-04-2012 at 08:31 PM.
Reason: misspelled word!
I had a little time to kill so I checked it out and it gets a little more interesting. According to the game summaries in the Windsor Daily Star which is also in the Google news archive Poliziani's name is listed in the Bruins roster for the summaries of games 2,3,4,6 and 7 of the series versus Toronto. I checked the last couple of games of the regular season and it appears they didn't include lineups for those games.
There are a few other Canadian papers on the archive you could check out besides the Gazette that have a lot of information.
Maybe he never actually got into some of those games.
Last edited by eastcoaster: 11-04-2012 at 09:22 PM.
Reason: Added a line
Only had a chance to look into the Leafs/Bruins playoff series for you. These are box scores from the Globe and Mail. They also listed the lineups for each game, and they were almost always accurate. Only once was he listed in the story regarding a game, and that was in Game 7.
Game 7 Note:
As you can see, he's listed in the lineup for five of the seven games. He may have been dressed and not played for two of the games, but based on that note and the box scores, we know for certain that he played in 2 games for sure. So, there's a really good chance that the three games is accurate.
According to the Boston Daily Globe edition of
Saturday, November 22, 1958:
During a vigorous workout on Friday while preparing
for Saturday afternoon's nationally televised game
against the Detroit Red Wings, Jerry Toppazzini received
a deep puncture in the right thigh, just above the knee,
when he was gashed by Johnny Bucyk's skate in a routine
Topper was taken to Newton-Wellesley Hospital where six
stitches were taken in the wound by Dr. Ronald Adams. The
physician reported that the skate had just missed penetrating
the muscle, and expressed the opinion that Toppazzini would be
able to play Saturday.
To be on the safe side, manager Lynn Patrick and Coach Milt
Schmidt decided to call for help from the Providence farm
club, which was in Buffalo. The emergency replacement is
rookie right winger Danny Poliziani, 23, obtained by draft
from Cleveland during the summer.
The Bruins were allowed to make this replacement because
they were below the prescribed limit of 11 forwards. Real
Chevrefils went to the Newton-Wellesley Hospital Friday
for further examination and treatment of a back injury.
Even regular Bruin customers may have trouble keeping track
of the Bruins line combos. Here are the groupings, reading
left wing - centre - right wing: