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Sport Bruins honor first black NHL player

14:06  13 january  2021
14:06  13 january  2021 Source:   sport1.de

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The Boston Bruins will retire Willie O'Ree's No. 22 and raise it into the rafters this season, honoring him for being the NHL 's first Black player . O'Ree, who debuted for the Bruins 63 years ago, was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame under the builder category in 2018, an honor that was viewed

© Reuters/Tami Chappell FILE PHOTO: First black hockey player Willie O'Ree stands on stage in front of a banner after a luncheon honoring O'Ree's 50th anniversary debut in the NHL in Atlanta. O'Ree, who entered the NHL a decade after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball

The Boston Bruins will never again award Willie O'Ree's jersey number 22. This is how the franchise honors an NHL pioneer.

Bruins ehren ersten schwarzen NHL-Spieler © Provided by sport1.de Bruins honor first black NHL player

The Boston Bruins from the NHL will never award Willie O'Ree's jersey number 22 again.

This was announced by the six-time Stanley Cup champion. O'Ree was a pioneer in 1958: he became the first black player in NHL history. Around 62 years later, his jersey was pulled under the ceiling of the hall.

"For a few seconds I couldn't find the words for this honor," said O'Ree, who was also the first black NHL goalscorer in 1961: "I'm thrilled and overwhelmed." O'Ree's NHL career ended after 45 games (4 goals, 10 assists) in 1961.

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