One of the biggest pieces of news this year is that Willie O’Ree will get his number retired by the Boston Bruins. O’Ree is the first black player to play a game in the NHL. His feat breaks the color barrier in the NHL and paves the way for more opportunities down the road. His impact on the game doesn’t go unnoticed. He is honored in many ways around the league for his achievement.
The party will have to wait. The Bruins and O’Ree agree that his number retirement ceremony will have to wait. They want the fans to be there to witness such a historic event. The new ceremony date will be January 18, 2022.
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) February 11, 2021
This will be the 64th anniversary of O’Ree’s first game in the NHL. O’Ree is such a class act. He contributes so much to the game of hockey on and off the ice. In his two seasons in Boston, O’Ree posts four goals and ten assists in 46 games.
The fans of Boston will find this news exciting. They now have the opportunity to attend a piece of history instead of watching it on TV. If the numbers keep going down, the fans may see their team on the ice in person this season. That won’t happen unless everyone does their part.
It is only right that O’Ree celebrates his special day with fans in attendance. He deserves it. O’Ree is such a class act for the game of hockey. Number 22 will have to wait to be in the rafters for one more year.