Rick Middleton

Bruins to retire Rick Middleton's No. 16

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Bruins to retire Rick Middleton's No. 16

The Bruins announced Tuesday that they will retire Rick Middleton's number prior to the team's game against the Islanders on Thursday, Nov. 29. 

The right wing spent 12 seasons with the Bruins, scoring 402 goals with 496 assists for 898 points. He enjoyed five straight seasons with at least 40 goals from 1979 through the 1983-84 season. 
  
Middleton's No. 16 will become the 11th number sent to the rafters by the B's, joining Lionel Hitchman, Dit Clapper, Eddie Shore, Milt Schmidt, Bobby Orr, Johnny Bucyk, Phil Esposito, Ray Bourque, Terry O'Reilly and Cam Neely. The last number retired by the team was Neely's No. 8, which was retired in 2004. 

"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," Neely said in a statement released by the team. "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 on November 29th."