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1987-88 Rick Middleton Bruins Game Worn Jersey
Lot #11

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1987-88 Rick Middleton Bruins Game Worn Jersey
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1987-88 Rick Middleton Bruins Game Worn Jersey
Lot #11

This home white air-knit gamer by CCM was worn by Rick Middleton during the 1987-88 NHL season. Rick spent the final 12 years of his 14-year career as a member of the Boston Bruins. He was the man traded from the Rangers to Boston in exchange for Bruins hero Ken Hodge. “Nifty” soon became a fan favorite in Boston and remains to this day among the most popular Bruins of all time. Rick’s career numbers are rather impressive and include 448 goals and nearly 1000 points. He was among the most gifted and feared snipers in the NHL during his era of play

His career totals would certainly have been Hall of Fame worthy had he played for a club other than Boston. The Bruins philosophy was to run out a group of solid forward lines while playing a style of hockey that grinded down the opposition, especially in the small confines of the old Boston Garden. This severely limited “Nifty’s” playing time and thus his scoring totals, keeping him from the cherished 500-goal plateau. Nevertheless, Middleton ran off goal totals of 38, 40, 44, 51, 49 and 47 from 1978-79 thru 1983-84. Those who bore witness will attest that he was among the games elite during this time. 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 with Ray Bourque from 1985 thru 1988 when he retired.

Sewn to the left breast of this gamer is the alternate Captain’s “A”. Repair work can be found underneath to allow for the swapping of the “A” and “C”, letters he shared and alternated with Ray Bourque throughout this era. The game wear on this sweater is fantastic consisting of stick marks, board burns, plenty of Boston Garden board paint transfer, tremendous inner pilling and in excess of 20 team-sewn repairs. Middleton gamers have been among the most difficult to obtain of any star player from the post expansion era. They continue to be a hole in many Boston Bruins collections of game worn jerseys to this day. This is an opportunity to own “Nifty’s” hammered home jersey, which was worn during his final NHL season.