Jerry Toppazzini, a former American Hockey League player and coach who played more than 700 games in the NHL, died Saturday after a brief illness, the Sudbury Star has reported.
He was 80.
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, who passed away in 2001.