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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."

David Pastrnak shares cool moment with United States Military member

David Pastrnak shares cool moment with United States Military member

The Boston Bruins hosted United States military members Tuesday for their annual "Military Appreciation Night" at TD Garden.

One member of the military shared a special moment with B's star David Pastrnak during warmups. The NHL's leading goal scorer, with a massive smile on his face, flips a puck over the glass to the fan and his son.

The trio even snapped a picture together. Check it out:

The Havirov, Czech Republic native has 15 goals and 15 assists for 30 points through 17 games. He'll look to add to his point total Tuesday night against the Florida Panthers and help Boston snap a three-game skid. 

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Noel Acciari excited to return home, face Bruins as member of Panthers

Noel Acciari excited to return home, face Bruins as member of Panthers

Noel Acciari will return to TD Garden Tuesday night as a member of the Florida Panthers, and the Johnston, R.I. native is pretty excited. 

"I'm excited to be here. A different side, but still excited to be back. Expecting a really good game," Acciari said, according to BostonBruins.com's Eric Russo. "We'll see what happens. There's still a couple more things for me to go over to see if I can play, but if I can, it's gonna be very exciting. It will be fun for me. It will be different, that's for sure.

"Boston and New England is what I knew, but I had a great opportunity here in Florida. I thought it was the best opportunity for me and my family. I thought it was the next step in my career and I'm happy with my choice."

The grinder has missed the past three games for the Panthers with a lower-body injury, and head coach Joel Quenneville is looking forward to getting the gritty 27-year-old back in the lineup.

"He's been a real good fit for us right from the outset," Quenneville said, according to FloridaPanthers.com's Jameson Olive. "He's a real good pro. He does everything you'd expect or want. He came from a real good organization, as far as doing things the right way."

And what exactly does Acciari do right? Quenneville detailed why the fourth-liner has been so reliable for his squad. 

"He's technically sound and has that responsibility and takes pride in being a defensive-type of guy," Quenneville said. "He takes a lot of D-zone faceoffs, kills penalties and blocks shots. He has scored some key goals for us as well. I think the priority for him and for us is to get those [tough] assignments."

Acciari isn't the only former Bruin returning to Boston Tuesday. Frank Vatrano, also a New England native, will take the ice in his third season with the Panthers. Brett Connolly, who spent 2014-16 with Boston, also will suit up. 

The B's will be looking to snap a three-game skid by grabbing two points at the Garden against a new-look Panthers squad. 

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