Willie O'Ree

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Willie O'Ree
Born (1935-10-15) October 15, 1935 (age 83)
Fredericton, NB, CAN
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Right Wing
Played for Boston Bruins
Playing career 1957–1979

Willie Eldon O'Ree, OC (born October 15, 1935 in Fredericton, New Brunswick) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey right winger that played 45 games in National Hockey League.

He is known for breaking the black colour barrier in ice hockey and is referred to by the media as the "Jackie Robinson of ice hockey".[1] He received the Order of Canada on April 7, 2010 and was also honored with the Hockey Legacy Award by the Boston Sports Museum on June 28, 2011.[2][3]

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  1. "At age 77, O'Ree has no plans to slow down". NHL.com. Retrieved 2013-04-10.
  2. "O'Ree receives Order of Canada". NHL.com. Retrieved 2013-04-10.
  3. "O'Ree to Receive Hockey Legacy Award". Kukla's Korner. Retrieved 2013-04-10.

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