Former Boston Bruins great Rick Middleton is still waiting for his call to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto after a dominant career in Boston, but Nifty has collected another honor while he waits.
Middleton headlines the newest class of the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame set to be inducted Nov. 14 at Lombardos in Randolph. Joining Middleton are Boston College All-American and US Olympian Tom Red Martin (Cambridge), Brown All-American and US Olympian Don Whiston (Stoneham), Boston College All-American Ed Butch Songin (Walpole), UNH and US Womens National Hockey Coach Karen Kay (Marlborough), Salem Evening News hockey scribe Bill Kipouras, ECAC and NCAA official Tom Lynch (Norwood) and Massachusetts Hockey Builders Charles Mike Tenney (Duxbury), Alan Doc Ashare (Newton) and Billerica Youth Hockey legend Joe Ferraro.
Middleton is the last Bruins player to win the Lady Byng Trophy and finished with 448 goals and 998 points in just over 1,000 NHL games with the Big Bad Bruins and the New York Rangers over a 14-year NHL career.
Past inductees read like a whos who of hockey heroes who over the past 50 years have helped position Massachusetts as the hotbed of hockey in the United States. Per a press release from the Mass Hockey Hall of Fame, the list is stock full of Olympic and Paralympic heroes, college and NHL stars, female pioneers, high school and college coaching legends, distinguished referees and media icons, as well as a cadre of dedicated, behind-the-scenes grassroots builders who have tirelessly spent decades furthering the development of the game in Massachusetts.
Inductees to the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame are chosen on the basis of accomplishments in the game of hockey, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to his or her teams or organizations in college, amateur or professional hockey, or on international teams representing the United States. Each nominee must have distinguished himself or herself by exceptional performance and outstanding character reflecting favorably upon the game of hockey in
Massachusetts, be in good public standing in the community, an appropriate role model for young hockey players and an exemplary representative of the game of hockey. Massachusetts Hockey, Inc., is a not-for-profit tax exempt organization which serves as the affiliate association of USA Hockey, Inc., and is the official governing body for the sport of hockey in Massachusetts. As such, its purposes and objectives are to develop, advance and encourage participation in the sport of hockey; to develop and encourage sportsmanship between all players for the betterment of their physical and social well-being; to develop and improve the standards of the sport; and to educate and train players, coaches, referees, managers, administrators and parents. For more information, visit www.masshockey.com.
A limited number of tickets (60) to the 2012 Hall of Fame Induction Dinner are available and may be purchased by contacting Jim Prior at firstname.lastname@example.org or (781) 938-4400.