NHL News: Willie O’Ree to have jersey retired, 27 COVID-19 positive cases in camp, and more
Willie O’Ree is one of the legends of the game. On February 18, he will have his jersey raised to the rafters for all the Bruins and their fans to admire.
NHL News: Willie O’Ree to be honored in Boston
“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,” Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs said.
“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.”
Breaking the color barrier is a monumental accomplishment and O’Ree did that on January 18, 1958 against the Montreal Canadiens. Another hurdle he had to overcome was the fact he was considered legally blind in one eye.
“It was the greatest thrill of my life,” O’Ree recalled. “I will always remember this day.”
Congratulations Mr. O’Ree.
NHL News: Training camps concluded with 27 positive cases
The NHL revealed the total number of positive cases for COVID-19 during training camp to be 27. An astounding 17 of those cases came from the Dallas Stars, and further explains the need for them to postpone the start of their season.
NHL News: Canucks sign Travis Hamonic, will be without J.T. Miller to start season
The Vancouver Canucks announced the signing of defenseman Travis Hamonic to a one-year deal worth $1.25 million. They also revealed that they will be without the services of J.T. Miller and Jordie Benn for opening night.
The Canucks were one of the teams that had to cancel practice during training camp due to COVID related issues.