The other Willie O'Ree
Sixty year ago, on March 13, 1948, in the cramped visitors dressing room at the old Montreal Forum, he slipped a blue sweater over his thin frame, the number 11 on its back, the letters RANGERS spilling across the chest.A really terrific story. My thanks to a reader for pointing it out.
Little Larry Kwong, who had been born in Vernon, B.C., one of 15 children, who fell in love with hockey by listening to the radio in the apartment above the family's grocery store ... The first player of Asian ancestry to skate in the National Hockey League had launched — and, though he did not yet know it, ended — his major league career.
The Rangers may not even know about this fellow, but a small note of recognition of the 60th anniversary would be a nice touch.