Bruins to retire Rick Middleton's No. 16

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Rick Middleton’s legacy will live on at TD Garden.

The Bruins on Tuesday announced they will retire Middleton’s No. 16 in a pregame ceremony Nov. 29 before the team’s meeting against the Islanders.

“It was a great honor to call Rick today and let him know that he will join the group of retired numbers in the TD Garden rafters,” Bruins president Cam Neely said in a statement. “As a player and a person Rick embodies what it means to be a Bruin, and we are excited to celebrate his career with his family, friends and our fans on November 29th.”

Middleton spent 12 seasons in Boston from 1976-88, compiling 402 goals and 496 assists in 881 games. He led the team in scoring four straight seasons from 1978-82 and his goal total is the third-highest in franchise history behind Johnny Bucyk (545) and Phil Esposito (459).

“It’s been a great, great ride,” Middleton said. “I was really knocked off my feet when Cam called me today. It was a dream come true.”

Middleton, 64, was selected by the Rangers with the 14th overall pick of the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft, though his stint in New York was limited to just two seasons before he was traded to Boston.