Hockey was changed forever in 1958 when Willie O’Ree broke the colour barrier becoming the first black player in the NHL. Sixty years later, he made history again when he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Now his incredible story is being shared in a documentary.
The film tells the tale of O’Ree and the obstacles he had to face to achieve his goals. From the racial slurs he endured at every game to receiving threatening letters from a white supremacist group, O’Ree fought to break the colour barrier for those who would come after him.
Directed by Laurence Mathieu-Leger, the story follows O’Ree on his journey from rookie player in 1958 to Hockey Hall of Fame inductee sixty years later, and everything in between.
For more information on the film and to get your tickets visit the film’s page on the Hot Docs website.