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January 18, 2008 will mark half a century since O’Ree took the ice in the Montreal Forum as a member of the Boston Bruins. An emergency call-up from the Quebec Aces, his was a familiar face to the Habs fans, so when Boston beat Montreal 3-0 that night, the big news was about the final score and not about O’Ree making history. ...more

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O'Ree a hockey pioneer
Willie O'Ree, the NHL's first black player, was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, in 1935, the son of a city civil engineer and a member of one of only two black families in the city. He was one of 13 children, including twins who died in infancy. ...more

 
O'Ree's first goal a beauty
This year is the anniversary of two significant advances for minority players in the NHL and both involve Willie O’Ree. Forty-seven years ago, O’Ree became the first black player in NHL history to score a goal. ...more


Echoes in the Rink:
The Willie O'Ree Story

Along with behind-the-scenes interviews with Bruins players, Echoes in the Rink features archival film footage of O'Ree on ice and talking with TV commentators. It even includes home movies of young Willie practicing for the NHL on a backyard rink at a local arena. ...more




Willie O'Ree Night
The Boston Bruins will host Willie O'Ree Night on January 19, 2008 to honor the 50th anniversary of O'Ree breaking the color barrier in the National Hockey League. ...more



O'Ree Blog
Willie stops by NHL.com to chat with his fans and answer questions. ...more



Sights and Sounds (Video & Podcasts)

As Director of Youth Development, O’Ree has helped the NHL Diversity program expose more than 40,000 boys and girls of diverse backgrounds to unique hockey experiences. Over the past decade, O’Ree has traveled thousands of miles across North America helping to establish 39 local grassroots hockey programs, all geared towards serving economically disadvantaged youth. ...more










Quote of the Day

When I first became captain here, Monsieur Beliveau came to me and said, 'You're going to be fine. You don't have to change, you got selected because of who you are.'

— Saku Koivu on Thursday, recalling what he was told by the late Jean Beliveau when he was named Canadiens captain in 1999
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