Toppazzini was named coach of the Kings when the club moved to the brand new Springfield Civic Center for the 1972-73 season. Topper took over the Kings at a difficult time, as the National Hockey League had embarked on an ambitious expansion plan, while the upstart World Hockey Association had been formed and played their inaugural season in '72-'73. This left many clubs, not just the Kings, with a talent void that made it difficult to put together a successful team.
Both of Toppazzini's seasons at the helm in Springfield, the club finished in the cellar of the Northern Division of the AHL. With a rapidly disillusioned Jack Kent Cooke pushing the buttons from the west coast, it was indeed a difficult time for the Springfield franchise.
Most recently, Jerry accepted his late brother Zellio's induction into the American Hockey League Hall of Fame, at this year's All Star Weekend.