Mon, Jan 17, 2022 8:15 PM
By KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer
BOSTON (AP) — Willie O’Ree became the NHL's first Black player on Jan. 18, 1958. Sixty-four years later, the Boston Bruins will retire his No. 22 jersey. He'll be the 12th player in team history to have that honor. O’Ree had planned on being at the Bruins' game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday to watch the jersey get lifted into the rafters, but persisting concerns about the pandemic changed those plans. He will now participate virtually from his home in San Diego. Since 1998, O'Ree has been an NHL diversity ambassador, working to foster more inclusion and combat the racism that still exists in league.