Morning Free Association: Willie O’Ree’s 60th Anniversary

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This weekend the Boston Bruins returned to the ice in Montreal against the hated Habs and skated away with an emotional victory on Brad Marchand’s walk-off shootout goal. Here’s the video recap from the Bruins twitter feed to catch you up.

I absolutely love that Brad Marchand went straight for a hug from his big brother, Patrice Bergeron, after the win. you could tell that the whole team needed this win against their former longtime coach, Claude Julien, and his new team.

Let’s change gears for a moment. This week, former Bruin Willie O’Ree is in town to celebrate the 60th anniversary of his breaking the color barrier in the NHL. He spent some time in Milton with SCORE, an initiative to allow children of all backgrounds the chance to play hockey.

“We won’t turn any boy or girl away,” said O’Ree. “If you can’t afford the $100 a year, we will make the offer and make sure that you are able to play. All we ask is that you keep your grades up in school.”

Willie lives in Southern California and is involved with many similar youth initiatives to diversify the game. HIs giving back to children and the game is a wonderful way for him to stay involved with the game he loved playing enough to play even after an injury that left him blind in one eye and limited his time in the NHL.

O’Ree will be honored on Wednesday at Legends in TD Garden by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, and Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs.

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