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Bruins to retire Rick Middleton’s No. 16

Sara Civian
July 31, 2018 - 6:04 pm

The Bruins announced Tuesday that they will honor star winger Rick Middleton by retiring his No. 16 jersey.

The 11th jersey retirement in franchise history will take place before the Bruins’ matchup with the Islanders Nov. 29.

“It was a great honor to call Rick today and let him know that he will join the group of retired numbers in the TD Garden rafters,” Bruins President Cam Neely said. “As a player and a person Rick embodies what it means to be a Bruin, and we are excited to celebrate his career with his family, friends and our fans.”

Nifty Rick's 402 goals are No. 3 all-time for the Bruins, after John Bucyk’s 545 and Phil Esposito’s 459. He also racked up 496 assists, for 898 total points in 881 games.

He wore the Black and Gold from 1976-88, hitting the 100-point mark twice in his 12 seasons.

This will be the Bruins’ first jersey retirement since 2004, when Neely's No. 8 jersey was honored.