Sunday, December 09, 2007

'Our Jackie Robinson'

On January 18, 2008, 50 years will have passed since O'Ree's NHL ambassador career truly began: the Saturday night in 1958 when he skated with the Bruins' third line, playing sparingly in a 3-0 upset win over the mighty Montreal Canadiens that far upstaged the cultural significance of the evening. (On January 19, the Bruins will host Willie O'Ree Night to honor the 5oth anniversary of his first game.)
A terrific feature on Willie O'Ree, who somehow managed to have a lengthy career in pro hockey despite having no vision in one eye.


At 5:24 p.m., December 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

...and how the league has dropped the ball.

At 12:12 a.m., December 10, 2007, Blogger sager said...

Why is it the Yanks always manage to be first on this, although there was a passing reference to O'Ree in a feature on Ray Emery in the fall issue of Sway.

At 2:00 a.m., December 10, 2007, Blogger Doogie said...

Because Yanks seem to be more sensitive to racial issues, in both the positive and negative sense?


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