Jack Middleton – Former Minnesota Wild Defenseman
Middleton found his career path following graduation, landing an employment at one of New Hampshire’s largest law firms: McLane Middleton. There, he now serves as partner.
Every morning he skates on his front yard rink – an unboarded sheet in his yard. Later, after work he heads straight for the gym in order to improve his defensive game.
Early Life and Education
Family was of great importance to him; Pike County, boating on the Mississippi River and Dixieland jazz were among his many passions. He leaves his beloved wife Jane Allen Middleton; children Blake, Todd and Laura Rachelle Middleton as well as grandchildren Anthony Jackson Middleton and Ethan Middleton Whitman to cherish his memory along with sister-in-law Marcia Allen Johnston; brother-in-law Bob Allen as well as numerous cousins behind.
At first, Middleton was impressed with how bright and cheerful UNH Law is. Sarah Deitlehoff, a 3L student giving him a tour, stopped near the campus courtroom modeled after the New Hampshire Supreme Court to show him around. Middleton marveled at how differently students were taught now as opposed to when he went through law school himself and how well students prepared for classes; these experiences left him impressed – leaving a smile on his face!
Middleton is an energetic defenseman who excels on both sides of the game, and was an important cog in Minnesota Wild’s top pairing alongside Jared Spurgeon last season.
He toiled hard for his paychecks, working countless hours washing dishes and working on farms; in addition, his brother and he renovated used office furniture that they sold back onto the market.
Middleton is a partner at McLane Middleton and brings over 61 years of trial lawyering experience and 24 years as a district court judge to the table. He possesses a strong work ethic and genuine enthusiasm for hockey; serving as an outstanding role model to younger players while being an enjoyable individual off the ice who knows how to have fun!
Achievement and Honors
Jack Middleton has received several honors and awards for his work, including the National Mastitis Council Distinguished Service Award and Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence. Additionally, he serves on the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Research. Currently living in Columbia Missouri with his wife and two children he enjoys off-road driving as well as restoring cars for fun!
Middleton was recently recognized by the New Hampshire Bar Foundation with two awards for pro bono legal work he performed: Frank Rowe Kenison Award for Pro Bono Legal Services and Jack B. Middleton Pro Bono Legal Services Award from his firm, as well as volunteering and fundraising on various causes he strongly supported throughout his legal career. His court work has helped thousands of citizens in need, while his efforts as a volunteer and fundraiser also remain exceptional.
Jack Middleton spent his early life living on LaFramboise Island and traveling by rowboat across the Missouri River to school. Later on he worked for 30 years as a Coca-Cola route driver making friends wherever he went; during which time he also scrubbed dishes at diners before moving onto five-star hotel kitchens to become commis chef.
He owns both a motorcycle and SUV, but has yet to invest in real estate. While waiting to purchase their own place, Alex Goligoski kindly allows his wife Natalie and him to live at his downtown Minneapolis townhome until they decide on one themselves.
Prior to their engagement, Goligoski and Aldean plan to spend their weekends lounging around Jason Aldean’s rooftop or riding Goligoski’s Harley around town. Recently, they eloped in Nashville which may prove more romantic than originally anticipated in Stratford next summer.
John Middleton boasts an estimated net worth of $3 billion and ranks as one of the wealthiest residents of Pennsylvania. He amassed his fortune from selling his family’s tobacco business to Altria (now Philip Morris). John has long resided in Bryn Mawr and partners at Drinker Biddle & Reath law firm.
Middleton and Spurgeon served as Minnesota Wild’s top defensive pairing during 2022-23, according to Money Puck they took 13th in expected goals against at 5-on-5 minutes and were its best penalty killers. These two had great chemistry together which is likely why the Wild is banking on this pairing to get them into the playoffs – Middleton donated $30 Million for Project HOME while another $16 Million went directly to Penn Medicine as donations.