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O'Ree's No. 22 to be retired by Bruins before Feb. 18 game against Devils
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Welcome to, the official site of the National Hockey LeagueBienvenue à , le site officiel de la Ligue nationale de hockeyДобро пожаловать на, официальный сайт Национальной хоккейной лигиTervetuloa NHL:n viralliselle nettisivustolle NHL.comiinVälkommen till, NHL:s officiella web-sidaVítejte na, oficiálních stránkách National Hockey LeagueVitajte na, oficiálnych stránkach National Hockey LeagueWillkommen auf, der offiziellen Seite der National Hockey LeagueBienvenido a, el sitio oficial de la National Hockey LeagueWillie O'Ree will have his No. 22 retired by the Boston Bruins on Feb. 18 to honor him for becoming the first Black player in the NHL 63 years ago.The number retirement ceremony will take place before the Bruins play the New Jersey Devils at TD Garden.O'Ree, who lives in the San Diego area, said he found out about the honor Monday."I was sitting in my backyard yesterday afternoon, and Cam Neely from the Bruins called," O'Ree said Tuesday. "He is without question deserving of this honor."Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs said O'Ree's contributions to the game go well beyond becoming the first Black player in NHL history when he played for Bruins against the Montreal Canadiens at the Forum in Montreal on Jan. 18, 1958."Throughout the history of the National Hockey League, there have been very few individuals that have had such a profound impact on the League and its culture than Willie O'Ree," Jacobs said. We are incredibly proud to retire Willie's number and cement his legacy as one of Boston's greatest athletes."The number retirement is one of several honors this season being bestowed upon the 85-year-old from Fredericton, New Brunswick.NHL players will wear decals on their helmets to commemorate the anniversary of O'Ree's accomplishment and observe Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 18, a United States national holiday that honors the late civil rights leader.The decal features an image of O'Ree wearing his trademark fedora and the words "Celebrating Equality." The players will wear the stickers from Jan. 16 and throughout Black History Month in February."I'm thrilled, overwhelmed," O'Ree said.Besides O'Ree, 31 other Bruins players have worn No. 22, including Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Brad Park, Arizona Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet, Brian Leetch, Butch Goring, Jozef Stumpel and Shawn Thornton.

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