Hockey is a global game that is rich in history. With tradition, change can sometimes become a challenge. The benefits of team sport and the life lessons that hockey offers can be used as an opportunity for education. By working together with our teams, associations and communities, it’s up to all of us to bring on the positive changes to our sport.
Willie O’Ree was the first black player in the NHL. He paved the way for so many, creating critical change throughout the sport. His story has impacted the future of hockey, but we hope that now it can facilitate an important conversation about race and social justice in classrooms across North America.
Produced by Bryant McBride, the Willie documentary tells the story of Willie O’Ree, the first black player in the NHL. O’Ree had a tremendous impact on the sport of hockey and the communities he served. The NHL and Classroom Champions have come together to create a digital experience to facilitate discussion and learning around social justice and race through the lens of O’Ree’s experiences shown in the documentary.