Willie O’Ree, hockey’s ‘Jackie Robinson,’ still inspiring 60 years after making history

Willie O’Ree, the National Hockey League’s first player of African descent, helped to launch a week-long celebration marking the 60th anniversary of his history-making debut. Appearing over the weekend at the Willie O’Ree Invitational Tournament, hosted by SCORE Boston Youth Hockey at Ulin Memorial Rink in a suburb of Boston, the Boston Bruin legend was greeted warmly by girls and boys … Continue reading Willie O’Ree, hockey’s ‘Jackie Robinson,’ still inspiring 60 years after making history

NHL’s First Black Player Inspires During Skills Weekend

In February, the President of USA Hockey, Jim Smith, said “These are exciting times for hockey in the United States, and as our participation numbers indicate, the best is yet to come.” This past weekend, the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation and National Hockey League (NHL) contributed to creating “exciting times” by hosting the annual … Continue reading NHL’s First Black Player Inspires During Skills Weekend