Bruins legend Willie O’Ree had his number retired by the team last Tuesday. (File Photo: Associated Press)

Minton: The NHL needs to retire Bruins legend Willie O’Ree’s number

This past week, the Boston Bruins honored Willie O'Ree by retiring his No. 22 and lifting it high into the TD Garden rafters. But that is not enough.

O'Ree was the first Black player to play in a National Hockey League game. He made his debut with the Bruins against the rival Montreal Canadiens on Jan. 18, 1958.

But the road to getting on the ice wasn't just difficult due to the color of his skin. O'Ree was hit in the face with a puck during the 1955-56 season while playing for the Kitchener Canucks and lost sight in his ri…

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