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Willie O'Ree receives Canada honor

Willie O'Ree receives Canada honor

Willie O'Ree, the first black player to compete in the NHL, was among 60 people selected to various honors within the Order of Canada on Tuesday.
O'Ree was one of 42 people honored as Members of the Order. The Order of Canada was first awarded in 1967 to recognize significant contributions to Canadian society.
On Jan. 18, 1958, O'Ree played for the Boston Bruins against the Canadiens in Montreal. He was playing senior hockey for the Quebec Aces when Boston called him up for a game in the Montreal Forum.
There were no racial slurs hurled at O'Ree that night. Jackie Robinson, the first black Major League Bseball player, had been on a team in Montreal and fans in the city were accustomed to seeing a black athlete in a major sport. O'Ree previously skated in the city with the Aces.
O'Ree, 73, was now the director of youth development for the NHL's diversity program, which provides access to the sport for youngsters throughout North America.


Updated : 2021-07-25 14:21 GMT+08:00