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1984-85 Rick Middleton Boston Bruins Game Worn Jersey - Video Match
Lot #33

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1984-85 Rick Middleton Boston Bruins Game Worn Jersey - Video Match
Lot #33

This road black knit gamer by CCM was worn by Rick Middleton during the 1984-85 NHL season. Middleton was a 1st round draft pick by the Rangers in the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft. After 2 seasons with the Rangers Rick was dealt to the Bruins in exchange for Boston hero Ken Hodge. Rick would play in Boston for 12 seasons and quickly became a fan favorite. To this day, he remains among the most popular Bruins of all-time. Rick’s career numbers are rather impressive, with his 448 goals and nearly 1000 points. During the late 1970’s thru the mid 1980’s Middleton was among the more feared snipers in the entire NHL.

His career totals would certainly have been Hall of Fame worthy had he played for a club other than Boston. The Bruins had solid forward lines top to bottom and “Nifty’s” playing time as well as his power play time was certainly lessened due to the strength of his own club and their philosophy in the smaller Boston Garden rink.

Nevertheless, Middleton ran off goal totals of 38, 40, 44, 51, 49 and 47 from 1978-79 thru 1983-84. During the 1983 playoffs, Nifty scored 33 points in 17 games! He was the Lady Byng winner for the combination of sportsmanship and high ability in 1982, was voted 2nd team NHL All Star in 1982 and played in 3 NHL All Star games. Rick represented Team Canada in both the 1981 and 1984 Canada Cup games. His popularity and leadership qualities earned him the title of team Captain, a title he shared, alternating the “C” and the “A” with Ray Bourque from 1985 thru 1988 when he eventually retired.

The sleeves on this gamer have been custom shortened by the team to ‘Nifty’s’ specs. The game wear on this sweater consists of stick marks, board burns, inner pilling and a couple of team-sewn repairs. Of note is the giant sized CCM that resides on the rear right side hem, a style that wasn’t often used by the Bruins. In fact, this set of CCM knits has proved extremely elusive to the hobby, with seldom few examples ever having surfaced. Shown above are some amazing video highlights from the 1st game of the 1984-85 playoffs showing Middleton wearing the elusive giant sized CCM knit. A wonderful opportunity to acquire this style rarity, worn by of one of the deadliest snipers of his era, choice!