At our 2015 Face Off for Ace we were proud to present the Ace Bailey Good Guy Award to Rick “Nifty” Middleton, a good and loyal friend of the Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation and a Boston Bruins fan-favorite. Rick always says, “yes” when asked to help-out with the foundation. Right from the start he pitched-in in any way that he could. He was at the very first event for our newly founded Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation in 2001, a hockey game sponsored by CVS. Since then he has been at every event, large or small, that has been held for Ace’s foundation. As President of the Boston Bruins Alumni, he gives his time to numerous charities during hockey season and to many events during the off season. He is personable, gentlemanly and kind-hearted.
Fans of the Boston Bruins are well aware of what a fine left-winger Middleton was for the team, coming on a trade with the Rangers for Ken Hodge during the 1975-76 season. He scored a hat trick in his first game with the Bruins and scored 998 points for the team over the next twelve years. During his best season of 1981-82, he won the Lady Byng Trophy for outstanding sportsmanship, gentlemanly conduct and a high standard of playing ability. He played on three NHL All-Star teams and for Team Canada in the Canada Cup of 1981. After his retirement, he was a studio analyst for NESN from 2001-2007.
Because Rick does so much to help others, because he’s kind and generous and because he’s one heck of a nifty guy, we are honored and pleased to have presented him with the 2015 Ace Bailey Good Guy Award.