Rick Middleton, whose slick moves en route to 448 career goals earned him the nickname "Nifty," saw his No. 16 raised to the rafters by the Boston Bruins before Thursday night's 2-1 shootout win against the New York Islanders at TD Garden.
Middleton, who played the final 12 of his 14 NHL seasons in Boston, scored 40 or more goals and amassed more than 90 points over a stretch of five consecutive seasons starting in 1979-80.
"I've had four months to think about it, and I hate repeating myself, but honestly, I believe it is the biggest honor that certainly a retired athlete can get in his career,'' he said.
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