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Sixty years after breaking the color barrier in the NHL, former Bruin Willie O’Ree is heading for the Hall of Fame. Still active with the NHL through their community outreach initiatives to grow the sport of hockey, O’Ree will be inducted as a builder, the seventh Bruin to join the Hall of Fame in that category.

As you remember from this past season, O’Ree was honored on the 60th anniversary of his first game in the NHL with the Bruins. While he was in town, he and the team dedicated a rink for young players in Allston. And who could forget this heartwarming moment?

Mr. O’Ree was thrilled and maybe surprised when he got the call. He told The Undefeated that if he would he knew it would be more for the work that he’s doing now:

When The Undefeated asked O’Ree if he believed he should be in the Hockey Hall of Fame on Jan. 9, he said with a chuckle: “I’d like to be in the Hall of Fame. Yeah, but again if it’s to be, it’ll happen. If it’s not to be, it won’t happen. I’m not going to hang by my thumbs. I didn’t play in the NHL that long — only 45 games — but if I’m going to be in the [Hall], it’s due to the work I’m doing now with the Hockey’s for Everyone program and some of the things that I’ve made happen while I’ve been aboard.”

Congratulations to this fine, dapper man! You deserve it!


The Bruins qualified three RFAs yesterday: Sean Kuraly, Colby Cave, and Anton Blidh. The team did not extend a qualifying offer on Justin Hickman.

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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

The Hat might make a great best player o the game thin g, like that ol’ jacket Ferknuckle found or like that camo jacket. Great for post game interviews!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Thrilled for O’Ree. And definitely the most dapper man to be inducted into the HHOF.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Now the Bruins need to retire his hat and hang it from the rafters at the garden!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Hi Pals!
Not getting a qualifying offer must really suck.
So tired this morn.Third night o doubles tonight. Hey, the money, right?
I think it’s nap time already!

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Satan 81's Sister

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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

^That’s what I’m talkin’ about!!!^

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Who’s still scheduling games in June?

The London Bear
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The London Bear

That’s a very good point

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Danbury Ice Arena has spring, summer, and fall leagues.Pretty sure there’s plenty of hockey right down the road from you in Marlboro, MA. 6 surfaces, open all year!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

My boss plays all year.