Echoes in the Rink: The Willie O'Ree Story

Echoes in the Rink: The Willie ORee Story

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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. After blazing a path into the NHL, even in his 85th year of age in 2020, Willie O'Ree remains active as an ambassador for inclusiveness in hockey working with children of all heritages and backgrouns. In 2020, he published his memoires in the book Willie: The Game Changing Story of the NHL's First Black Player.

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