Thursday, December 27, 2012

TTM: Rick Middleton

Sent: 12/6/12

Received:  12/26/12

Drafted in the 1st round, 14th overall, by the Rangers in the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft.

Middleton was not a star in the league at the time when he was playing, but he did enough to get his name out there. It was a short career because of a shot that he took of his temple and started having concussions and head problems forcing him to retire after the 1988 season.  Though he was able to have a solid season during the 1981-82 season scoring a career high 51 goals, won the Lady Byng Trophy for excellence and sportsmanship, and was named to the NHL's Second All-Star Team.

Middleton signed a "Fleer Greats of the Game" card for my autographed set. This is actual a great 3D type picture as it looks like his stick is about to pop out of the card.

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