The Boston Bruins announced today that they will be inducting the number 22 of Willie O’Ree, who made history over six decades ago as the first black player in the NHL. O’Ree, 85, was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Builder’s Category in 2018.
The event will take place on February 18, during their home game against the New Jersey Devils.
O’Ree made history when he was called up for two Games in 1958 for the Bruins, and he came back for 43 Games in the 1960-61 campaign. He scored 15 Points over his NHL career, but played pro hockey for 21 years.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Willie O’Ree for earning this honor.