Parks Department hosts Willie O’Ree Street Hockey Clinic Series
The Willie O’Ree Street Hockey Clinic Series is for boys and girls ages 12 and under. It will take place at five Boston parks. Learn or hone your street hockey skills at these free clinics featuring giveaways with all equipment provided. All clinics begin at 3:00 p.m.
Dates and locations are as follows:
Wednesday, August 4
235 Western Avenue, Allston
Tuesday, August 10
260 Highland Street, Roxbury
Tuesday, August 17
135 Prince Street, North End
Tuesday, August 24
86 Boardman Street, East Boston
Tuesday, August 31
40 Almont Street, Mattapan
The rink at Smith Playground is named in Willie O’Ree’s honor. The first Black player in the NHL, O’Ree was recently named to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Hailing from New Brunswick, Canada, he became the first Black player to compete in the National Hockey League when he took the ice for the Boston Bruins on January 18, 1958. Despite losing the sight in his right eye at a young age, O’Ree went on to play professional hockey for 21 years.