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1984-85 Rick Middleton Boston Bruins Game Worn Jersey
Lot #27

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1984-85 Rick Middleton Boston Bruins Game Worn Jersey
Lot #27

This home white knit gamer by CCM was worn by Rick Middleton during the 1984-85 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. The New York Rangers selected Middleton in the 1st round of the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft. “Nifty” made his NHL debut with the Rangers in 1974-75 where he played the first two years of his NHL career. Middleton joined the Boston Bruins in 1976-77 and he spent the remaining 12 years of his 14-year NHL career calling Boston Garden his home. This fan favorite put up a couple of 100-point seasons as well as lighting the lamp for a career best 51 times in 1981-82. Rick struck for 40 or more in 5 consecutive seasons with the Bruins spanning 1979-80 thru 1983-84. The 1983 playoffs saw Middleton explode for 33 points in 17 games as the Bruins fell just shy of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Middleton was the recipient of the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy in 1981-82. He was also named a 2nd Team NHL All Star in 1982 and played in 3 NHL All Star Games. On the international stage, Middleton represented Team Canada in the 1981 and 1984 Canada Cups. His popularity and leadership qualities earned him the title of team Captain, a role he shared with Ray Bourque beginning in 1985 until his retirement in 1988. Nifty’s All Star career saw him score 448 goals and 988 points in 1005 games played.

The game wear on this sweater consists of stick marks, board burns, board paint transfer on both shoulders and sleeves from the boards at the old Boston Garden and some light inner pilling. On the rear hem is the jumbo CCM logo, a style that seldom ever surfaces. This is just the second time that we’ve had the pleasure to offer one of these jumbo CCM examples at Auction, the other being “Middleton’s” playoff road sweater back in the Fall 2011 Auction. A wonderful opportunity to acquire a hobby rarity, worn by one of the deadliest snipers of his era.