Hockey is for Everyone is a part of the NHL Foundation, the National Hockey League’s charitable and community relations organization, and a major component of the League’s youth hockey programming.
Hockey is for Everyone provides support and unique programming to non-profit youth hockey organizations across North America that are committed to offering children, of all backgrounds, opportunities to play hockey. Since its inception, Hockey is for Everyone has exposed more than 45,000 boys and girls to unique hockey experiences.
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
(The following NHL-sanctioned youth programs provide support to boys and girls of all ages and afford them the opportunity to play hockey. To learn more about a program in your community, click on the program name.)
That's a really tough thing to play through; when you finally are thrown out there, the game is fast, intense, every single play matters, you've got to find a way to play through that and make smart plays. So it's a huge testament to [Vermette] and some other individuals in our locker room that are putting their own ego, their own wants and needs aside, and are ready for those opportunities when they do come.
— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on teammate Antoine Vermette, who returned from being a healthy scratch in Game 3 to score the double-overtime winner in Game 4