Zellio P. “Topper” Toppazzini

Inducted: 2001

The late ZELLIO TOPPAZZINI, of North Providence, regarded as the greatest hockey player in Rhode Island history. Known to all as “Topper,” he is a member of the Rhode Island Reds Hall of Fame and was voted Reds Player of the Century. During his 18 year career, Topper not only played for the Reds, he also competed in the National Hockey League for the Boston Bruins, the Chicago Black Hawks, and the New York Rangers. He then served as hockey coach at Providence College and elsewhere, as an official, and a scout.

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