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Willie O'Ree

The story of the first black player in the NHL

By Nicole Mortillaro

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Series: Lorimer Recordbooks

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Willie O'Ree made NHL history at the Montreal Forum on January 18, 1958, when he became the first black player to take to the ice. There was a round of applause when O'Ree stepped onto the ice, and newspapers ran the story. The colour barrier in the NHL had been broken, yet it would be sixteen years before the next black player, Mike Marson, was drafted. Four decades later, the NHL pulled O'Ree out of retirement to honour his achievement and make him an ambassador for the NHL's "Hockey is for Everyone" program to encourage kids from all backgrounds to play hockey.

This book traces the early life of O'Ree, his journey to the NHL, highlights from his hockey career, and his work encouraging diversity in the NHL.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 120 pages
Publication Date: 12th September 2012
ISBN: 9781459401952
Format: 7in x 4.25in

Binding: Hardback, 120 pages
Publication Date: 1st August 2018
ISBN: 9781459413047
Format: 7in x 4.25in

Binding: Hardback, 118 pages
Publication Date: 12th September 2012
ISBN: 9781459401969
Format: 7in x 4.25in

Binding: Electronic book text
Publication Date: 12th September 2012
ISBN: 9781459401976
Format: EPUB

Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 12 To 18


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Recordbooks are non-fiction stories that help reluctant readers understand history and social issues through the lens of the true story of a sports hero. Showing the process of social change on issues like racism, diversity and conflict, these books engage and provide historical context by telling the often-heroic story of how an athlete or a team worked to change attitudes around them.