The Boston Bruins announced some major news on Tuesday.
Bruins' team president Cam Neely announced that the team will be retiring Willie O'Ree's jersey this season on February 18 against the New Jersey Devils.
"On behalf of the Boston Bruins organization I would like to congratulate Willie O'Ree as well as his wife, Deljeet, and his daughter, Chandra, on having his number retired in the TD Garden rafters," said Boston Bruins President Cam Neely. "Willie's contributions to the game of hockey transcend on-ice accomplishments and have opened countless doors for players who have come after him. He is without question deserving of this honor."
"Throughout the history of the National Hockey League, there have been very few individuals that have had such a profound impact on the league and its culture than Willie O'Ree," said Boston Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs. "After breaking the color barrier as a Boston Bruin in 1958 and eventually retiring from professional hockey in 1979, Willie became the ultimate ambassador for improving diversity and inclusion within the game of hockey. The entire hockey world is forever indebted to Willie for all that he has done, and continues to do, for the sport. We are incredibly proud to retire Willie's number and cement his legacy as one of Boston's greatest athletes."
Amazing news from the Bruins' organization!!
A well-deserved honor for one of our game's greatest ambassadors. The #NHLBruins are proud to announce that Willie O'Ree's No. 22 will be raised to the TD Garden rafters. Full Details: https://t.co/gfSQLUVXU3 pic.twitter.com/0Azhqgz4MV
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