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The man who changed hockey

As the sports calendar flips over to 2019, one of the most inspirational stories from 2018 still has a very recent feel to it.

Four days after being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Nov. 12, 83-year-old Willie O’Ree returned to his adopted hometown of San Diego to a hero’s welcome.

The American Hockey League San Diego Gulls honored O’Ree, a longtime La Mesa resident, with Willie O’Ree Night at their Nov. 16 game against the visiting Bakersfield Condors.

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Source: East County Californian

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