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O'Ree honored by AHL's Gulls with bobblehead, pregame ceremony

After Hall of Fame induction, NHL pioneer gets red-carpet treatment from former team

by Daniel O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / Staff Writer

It's been a big week for Willie O'Ree.


First he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Then he got his own bobblehead.

O'Ree, the first black player in NHL history and the League's Hockey Is For Everyone ambassadorwas honored by his former Western Hockey League team, the San Diego Gulls, on Friday. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in Toronto on Monday,

As part of the promotion, the team had O'Ree bobbleheads made, and they look pretty sharp.

Tweet from @SDGullsAHL: Comin��� at ya 👊 #LetsGoGulls

When O'Ree played for the Gulls from 1967-1974, they were affiliated with the WHL. They are the American Hockey League affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks.

The Gulls wore special throwback jerseys Friday to commemorate O'Ree's Hall of Fame selection.

Tweet from @SDGullsAHL: Willie O���Ree Night jerseys for Nov. 16 👀🔥 #LetsGoGulls

O'Ree was also presented with some great-looking artwork in a pregame ceremony.

Tweet from @SDGullsAHL: Thank you for making hockey for everyone, Willie. 🙌

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, who like O'Ree was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame this week, recorded a special video message for the night.

Tweet from @SDGullsAHL: A personal message to San Diego Gulls fans from @NHL commissioner, Gary Bettman, regarding Willie O'Ree. #LetsGoGulls

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