Rick "Nifty" Middleton
Rick "Nifty" Middleton was drafted in the 1st round, 14th overall, by the New York Rangers in the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft after a glittering junior career with the Oshawa Generals in which he led his league in scoring his final year. He debuted with the Rangers in the 1974–75 season, and scored 22 goals in 47 games. He was acquired by the Bruins prior to the 1976-77 season in exchange for Ken Hodge.
Middleton became a great star in Boston, scoring nearly nine hundred points in a Bruins uniform over the next twelve years. Middleton had five straight seasons of at least 40 goals and 90 points and played in three NHL All Star Games. He ranks third all time in Bruins goal scoring with 402 and is the team's all-time leader in shorthanded goals with 25 and his #16 hangs from the rafters of the TD Garden.