Bruins to Honor Willie O'Ree NHL's First Black player

Willie O'Ree, who 63 years ago became the first Black player in the NHL
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Willie O'Ree, who 63 years ago became the first Black player in the NHL, will have his No. 22 jersey retired by the Bruins, the team announced Tuesday.

O'Ree will be honored with a virtual pre-game ceremony prior to the Feb. 18 game against the New Jersey Devils at TD Garden.

No fans will be in attendance, but the team said O'Ree, 85, would be honored again when fans are allowed back in the building.

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