The profound impact made by Willie O’Ree won’t only be honored by the Bruins on Tuesday, but also the city of Boston as a whole.
O’Ree, who broke the color barrier in the NHL, will have his No. 22 retired by the Bruins on Tuesday at TD Garden. It’s a deserved honor for one of the game’s great trailblazers.
While there’s sure to be plenty of fanfare throughout the evening, it actually started in the morning, as the Bruins shared that Boston Mayor Michelle Wu officially named Jan. 18, 2022 as “Willie O’Ree Day” in the Bay State’s capital.
O’Ree seemed thrilled by the honor.