Talk:Jerry Toppazzini

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  • Oppose: Both Jerry and Zellio are entitled, through WP:ATHLETE, to independent articles.  Ravenswing  04:32, 11 July 2008 (UTC)

Goaltending Stint[edit]

I'm glad to see that someone fixed this -- Jerry's brother had been incorrectly identified with the event in that man's article.

I've only been able to uncover scant details about this unusual situation. I wondered if, for the 30 seconds, Toppazzini bothered to suit up in full goalie gear (it takes about ten minutes to do it properly), or maybe just used the gloves and the big stick. I wonder if they made him wear the #1 jersey. Or, maybe the Bruins just played "empty net" with Toppazzini in the crease as a defenseman. WHPratt (talk) 15:01, 18 June 2009 (UTC)

A little searching turned up the following information.

Charles Bartlett of the Chicago Tribune, Oct. 17, 1960, ("Hawks Beat Bruins 5-2 for 4th in Row; Gain on 1st" said:

Jerry Toppazzini, Boston forward, played the final minute in the Boston nets after Goalie Don Simmons' right eye was nicked by a flying puck.

The Associated Press, via the Christian Science Monitor, same date, noted:

When Boston goalie Don Simmons, who turned in 32 saves to 25 for Glenn Hall, was injured in the final minute of play, Jerry Toppazzini filled in at the goal for Boston without donning the pads, but was not forced to make a save.

Wally “Gunzo” Humeniuk, the team's equipment manager, was the house goalie whom the Bruins didn't trust in their goal crease. Gunzo ran a sporting goods emporium in the Chicago area, and a Google search will turn up confirmation of his nonexistant career as an NHL goalie. WHPratt (talk) 19:20, 17 August 2009 (UTC)


There, I've added a few things. I'm minded to submit this for DYK.  Ravenswing  11:17, 6 November 2009 (UTC)

Which I've just done after adding a heap more stuff.  Ravenswing  12:34, 8 November 2009 (UTC)