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La Mesan O’Ree inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame

Longtime La Mesa resident Willie O’Ree, who played seven seasons for the original San Diego Gulls in the Western Hockey League, has gained hockey immortality after being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The gala induction ceremonies took place on Monday, Nov. 12, at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

The honor is a truly deserving one for the pioneering O’Ree, 83, who earned distinction as the first black man to play in the National Hockey League.

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Source: East County Californian

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