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Newark welcomes Willie O'Ree tonight

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Wednesday, 03.19.2008 / 10:39 AM ET / News
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Newark welcomes Willie O\'Ree tonight
newjerseydevils.com – Hockey legend Willie O'Ree is coming to Newark.

This season marks the 50th anniversary of O’Ree’s trailblazing debut with the Boston Bruins, when he became the first black player in the NHL. O’Ree’s debut and his position as the NHL’s ambassador for NHL Diversity have paved the way for future players of diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds.

O'Ree was set to make three stops in his Newark visit on Wednesday, March 19.

At 4:30 p.m., O'Ree was scheduled to join Devils’ Chairman/Managing Partner Jeff Vanderbeek amd Co-Owner Mike Gilfillan and meet the Newark Americans, an NHL Diversity Team, along with their coaches and parents.

At 5:30 PM, Mr. O’Ree was slated for a welcome to the city by Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker, at his City Hall office. 

At 6:00 PM, Mayor Booker, Mr. O’Ree, Mr. Vanderbeek, and Mr. Gilfillan will walk to Prudential Center for that evening’s NHL game between the Devils and Rangers.

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