Over at CBC.ca they report on former Boston Bruins forward Willie O’Ree receiving Canada’s highest honor — the Order of Canada.
In the story, O’Ree expresses his desire to one day be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, which along with the Order of Canada and his induction in the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame would give him a trio of honors that he deserves. O’Ree, of course, broke hockey’s color barrier with the Bruins in January 1958. O’Ree has been the director of youth development for the NHL’s diversity program for numerous years — influencing the likes of New Jersey goaltender Kevin Weekes and others to pursue hockey as youths. (more…)