Bruins Put 22 In The Rafters

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On Tuesday night the Boston Bruins honored the first black player to play in the NHL.  Willie O’Ree featured on the Sports E-Cyclopedia’s, On This Date yesterday.  In 1958 he featured for the Bruins, and made history.  Last night his number 22 was immortalized at the TD Garden, and now hangs from the rafters.

The game was not great, as Carolina jumped out to an early 2 goal lead on the Bruins.  Boston was looking for their 6th straight win, but was shut down by the Hurricanes, 7-1 on the ice.

The story of the night goes back to O’Ree, while he wasn’t a mainstay in the NHL for very long, his legacy will live on forever not only for the Bruins, but for the whole of hockey.