Excluded are a handful of guys who were all-time great Bruins, notably Terry O’Reilly, who personified the B’s requisite values of hard work, toughness and over-achieving, but didn’t have the credentials to earn induction into the Hall of Fame in Toronto.
Also left out is a Bruin great who does belong in the Hall: Right winger Rick “Nifty” Middleton.
“Oh, yeah, he absolutely belongs in the Hall of Fame,” said former Bruin Peter McNab, now a Colorado Avalanche TV analyst. “He was a great, great player. He should be in.”
Middleton was with the Bruins from 1976-1988. His career statistics: 1,005 games, 448 goals, 540 assists, 988 points — plus 45-55-100 totals in 114 playoff games. One of the most skillful and creative Bruins ever, he was also one of the finest defensive forwards of his time.