Echoes in the Rink: The Willie O'Ree Story

Release date:

1997

Running time:

26 minutes

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Available on DVD

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Willie O'Ree, a native of Fredericton, New Brunswick, made sports history on January 18, 1958, when he donned the gold and black jersey of the Boston Bruins. That night he broke the colour barrier in hockey and would forever be known as "The Jackie Robinson of Hockey."

This compelling portrait of Willie O'Ree includes behind-the-scenes interviews with well-known Bruins players John Bucyk, Ferny Flaman, Doug Mohns, Don McKenney, and coach Milt Schmidt. Archival footage, photographs, and interviews trace O'Ree's experiences in life and sport from his home town of Fredericton to his current home in San Diego.

Forty years ago, Willie O'Ree blazed a path into the NHL. Today he is a hero and role model to those who follow in his footsteps.

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