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Boston Bruins To Retire Willie O’Ree’s Number

January 18, 2022

No Boston Bruins player will ever wear Number 22 ever again.

That’s because the Bruins will retire the number before their Tuesday night game against the Carolina Hurricanes (formerly the Hartford Whalers), as the NHL’s web site reports. They’re retiring it in honor of former Boston Bruin Willie O’Ree, the first black National Hockey League player.

O’Ree played in 45 games for the Bruins over the 1957-1958 and 1960-1961 NHL seasons. He had four goals and 10 assists.

O’Ree will be the 12th player to have his number retired by the Bruins.

O’Ree was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2018 for breaking the sport’s color barrier.


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