Hockey community, New England pay tribute to Willie O'Ree

Stephen Brunt reflects on the legacy of Wille O'Ree, who broke the NHL's colour barrier, and how he opened the conversation of diversity and inclusion in the game of hockey with courage and grace.

As the Boston Bruins honoured Willie O'Ree on Tuesday night, people and organizations around the sports world joined in to congratulate the man who broke the NHL's colour barrier.

O'Ree's No. 22 was retired in a pre-game ceremony at TD Garden, exactly 60 years after his first game with the Bruins against the Montreal Canadiens.

Other NHL teams spotlighted the No. 22.

The NHL community, the city of Boston and the Bruins' New England sports cousins also delivered messages to O'Ree.

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