O’Ree is set to have his number 22 jersey retired by the Boston Bruins later this month. Players will be wearing O’Ree helmet decals throughout February, which is also Black History Month. He was inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame as a Builder in 2018 and has also received the Order of Canada.
“We wanted to use the film as a teaching tool to spur social justice conversations. That, we feel, is the entry point to making a difference is to start those uncomfortable, hard conversations… We want as many people to take advantage of this as possible.”
Lessons from Willie offers the digital resources to facilitate a meaningful lesson around social justice and racism through Willie’s experience. Through the film and educator’s guide, there are tools for parents, teachers, clubs and coaches. Educators who sign up can get a Zoom panel discussion with NHL and Women’s players, Olympians and other leaders for their classroom.