Rick Middleton Named to Boston Bruins Alumni Roster

Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins, entering their 20th season in the American Hockey League, announced today that former Boston Bruin Rick Middleton will participate in the Alumni Game on November 13 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.

Middleton, a native of Toronto, Ontario, was drafted fourteenth overall by the New York Rangers in the 1973 NHL Entry Draft. He spent his first professional season with the Rangers' AHL affiliate, the Providence Reds, where he earned rookie of the year honors. Middleton joined the Bruins in 1976 and remained with the club for the remaining 12 seasons of his career.

The 5'11" forward scored 402 goals and 899 points in 881 games with Boston. Between 1979 and 1983, Middleton recorded consecutive seasons with over 40 goals, including a career-high 51 during the 1981-82 campaign. Following his career season in 1982, Middleton won the Lady Byng Trophy for excellence and sportsmanship and was also named to the NHL's Second All-Star Team. The following year, he led the Bruins to the league's best regular season record and scored 33 points in the playoffs, a record for a player not advancing to the finals that has still yet to be broken. Middleton retired following the 1988 season, putting up 988 points in 1,005 professional career games.

Over the next month, the Providence Bruins will continue to unveil the roster of players that will participate in the November 13 Alumni Game.