On Oct. 26, Middleton, who has made Hampton, NH his home since 1997, will be one of seven new inductees into the New Hampshire Legends of Hockey Hall of Fame, a group that also includes two other men with strong Seacoast ties — Phillips Exeter Academy coaches Bill Dennehy and Mark Evans.
“I was very, very surprised,” said Middleton, whose local ties also include a stint assisting Al Brandano with the Portsmouth High School team and will be enshrined as a coach. “I never even thought about it. I’d heard about the Legends of Hockey through Tommy Bolton but I never thought I would qualify. I was flabbergasted when they told me.”