Willie O'Ree

The Story of the First Black Player in the NHL

From the Series Lorimer Recordbooks

  • Interest Level: Grade 7 - Grade 12   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Willie O’Ree made NHL history at the Montreal Forum on January 18, 1958, when he became the first black player to take to the ice. There was a round of applause when O’Ree stepped onto the ice, and newspapers ran the story. The colour barrier in the NHL had been broken, yet it would be sixteen years before the next black player, Mike Marson, was drafted. Four decades later, the NHL pulled O’Ree out of retirement to honour his achievement and make him an ambassador for the NHL’s “Hockey is for Everyone” program to encourage kids from all backgrounds to play hockey.

This book traces the early life of O’Ree, his journey to the NHL, highlights from his hockey career, and his work encouraging diversity in the NHL.

Format List Price Your Price Qty
978-1-45941-304-7
$27.99 $20.99
Interest Level Grade 7 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre High/Low, Nonfiction, Young Adult
Subject Sports
Copyright 2019
Publisher Lorimer & Company, Ltd.
Imprint Lorimer Children & Teens
Language English
Number of Pages 120
Publication Date 2018-08-01
BISACS JNF054070, JNF018010
Dewey 920
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Dimensions 4.25 x 7
Lexile 820
Features Fast facts, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Author: Nicole Mortillaro

Nicole Mortillaro is a sports editor and writer from Toronto. Her first book in the Recordbooks series was Something to Prove, a biography of hockey player Bobby Clarke.

Lerner eSource™ offers free digital teaching and learning resources, including Common Core State Standards (CCSS) teaching guides. These guides, created by classroom teachers, offer short lessons and writing exercises that give students specific instruction and practice using Common Core skills and strategies. Lerner eSource also provides additional resources including online activities, downloadable/printable graphic organizers, and additional educational materials that would also support Common Core instruction. Download, share, pin, print, and save as many of these free resources as you like!

Lorimer Recordbooks

Recordbooks is a high/low nonfiction series that helps teens understand social issues through the stories of sports heroes. These books feature trailblazing NHL athletes who have overcome racial barriers in their lives and in their careers. View available downloads →