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Scholastic Canada Biography: Meet Willie O'Ree

Scholastic Canada Biography: Meet Willie O'Ree

by Elizabeth MacLeod, illustrated by Mike Deas

ISBN 9781443175616 Hardcover
32 Pages | 9" x 9" | Ages 4 to 8
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Meet Willie O'Ree—the NHL player who broke down barriers on and off the ice.

Growing up in Frederiction in the 1930s, Willie was a top all-around athlete — but the sport he loved most was hockey. On January 18, 1958, Willie became the first black player in the NHL. To get there, he had faced racism and an injury that would have ended most hockey careers. And playing in the NHL was only the start of his incredible career.

Because Willie believed in hard work... and helping others.

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  • Commended, OLA Best Bets, 2020
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Starred Selection, 2020


Rights Sold

  • French (N. Amer) - Éditions Scholastic

Selling Points

  • Willie O'Ree has been called the” Jackie Robinson of hockey" and is a role model to many athletes
  • He currently serves as the NHL's Director of Youth Development and as an ambassador for NHL Diversity.
  • The Willie O'Ree Community Hero Award was recently introduced by the NHL.
  • This lively new biography series is unlike anything available to Canadian children today — lively, colourful and a great introduction to larger issues.


Also by
Elizabeth MacLeod

  • Scholastic Canada Biography: Meet Elsie MacGill
  • Scholastic Canada Biography: Meet Tom Longboat
  • Scholastic Canada Biography: Meet Viola Desmond
  • Scholastic Canada Biography: Meet Chris Hadfield
  • Colossal Canada

Contact Information

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604 King Street West, Toronto, ON, M5V 1E1

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