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Jerome Toppazzini (born July 29, 1931 in Copper Cliff, Ontario, Canada) is a retired Canadian ice hockey forward. Also on October 16, 1960 Jerry Toppazzini (playing for Boston at this time) became the last forward to play goal in an NHL game at this date players hadn't been in goal since 1941. Boston's goalie Don Simmons was cut under the eye by a shot by the Eric Nesterenko (with the Chicago Black Hawks at that date) with 30 seconds left in the game. Jerry did not want to wait for the Black Hawks "House Goalie" to suit up so he went in net instead. He did not face any shots as the final few seconds ticked down.

Playing careerEdit

He played junior for the Copper Cliff Redmen, St Catharines TeePees, and the Barrie Flyers, winning the Memorial Cup in 1951 with the Flyers.

Toppazzini began his National Hockey League career with the Boston Bruins. He would also play with the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Black Hawks. His NHL career lasted from 1952 to 1964 and in that time he played in three National Hockey League All-Star Games. He retired in 1968.

In the NHL Toppazzini played in 783 regular season games and scored 163 goals and 244 assists. In the playoffs he scored 13 goals and 9 assists in 40 games.

Toppazzini's brother Zellio also played in the NHL. Great Uncle of NHL player Justin Williams, currently with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Coaching careerEdit

Toppazzini was the player-coach of the Port Huron Flags of the International Hockey League in 1967-68. His next head coach job was with the Springfield Kings of the American Hockey League for the 1972-73 and 1973-74 seasons.

He the became the coach of his hometown Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey Association in 1975-76 and 1976-77.

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