Documentary | PG | 89 Min.


Uptown Theatre 1 Fri, Oct 18, 2019 7:30 PM
Uptown Theater 5 Sun, Oct 20, 2019 3:15 PM
Film Info
Release Year:2019
Production Country:Canada
Original Langauge:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Laurence Mathieu-Leger
Produced By:Laurence Mathieu-Leger
Bryant McBride
Music By:Justin Melland
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In a country filled with hockey heroes, Willie O'Ree stands amongst the greats. In 1958, he broke the colour barrier, becoming the first Black player in the National Hockey League. Sixty years later, his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame made history again. The youngest of 13 children and a descendant of escaped slaves, O'Ree rose from humble beginnings in Fredericton, New Brunswick, to a 22-year pro hockey career that intersected with the civil rights movement. His talent on the ice was only a fraction of his impact on the game; in 1998, he became the NHL's diversity ambassador, with a focus on creating opportunities for kids who never had a chance to lace up a pair of skates. In Willie, everyone from his oldest friends to a new generation of players come together to honour a man dedicated to improving the world through a sport he loves. (Alexander Rogalski, Hot Docs 2019)