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Willie O’Ree Celebrates 60th Anniversary Of NHL Debut

From NHL.com's Amalie Benjamin:

It was 60 years ago this week when [Willie] O'Ree got the call from the Boston Bruins, notifying him that they would like to bring him up for a pair of games against the Montreal Canadiens, the first on Jan. 18 at the Montreal Forum, a place that O'Ree had played in multiple times.

But never like this.

"I took the train up to Montreal, met the team, met Milt Schmidt the coach, and we sat down," said O'Ree, now 82 years old. "He said, 'Willie, we brought you up because you could add a little something to the team.' He said, 'Don't worry about anything else. The Bruins organization is behind you 100 percent. Just go out and play your game.'"


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Hockey Hall Of Famer Milt Schmidt Died At The Age Of 98

via Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Bruins legend Milt Schmidt has died at the age of 98.

Schmidt had suffered a stroke recently, and was living in a care facility in Westwood.

He played for the Bruins from 1936 to 1955 and was a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Wikepedia page of Milt Schmidt.

Below, watch a 24 minute Legends of Hockey feature on Milt Schmidt.

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Evening Line- Milt Schmidt

“We wouldn’t leave the house without bringing brooms and shovels with our skates to get the ice ready. Boy, I am telling you, what we went through to play. I think we deserved a medal of honor. But you know, it was worth it. It was outside. It’s all we knew. And we surely loved it.’’

-Hockey Hall of Fame member Milt Schmidt.  I suggest you read the rest of the story from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe.

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All Milt Schmidt

from Joe McDonald of ESPN,

Schmidt is the oldest living former NHLer. A native of Kitchener, Ontario, Schmidt began his pro hockey career with the Providence Reds of the AHL, in 1936-37. His time in the minors was brief. He was called up to the Bruins midway through the season and spent the next 15 seasons in the NHL, all with Boston....

McDonald: What do you think of today's game?

Schmidt: Well, I think that they're faster. I don't think they are near as rough as we were. Watching them pretty closely, they are a wee bit faster than we were. People don't realize we played without helmets, without mouth pieces, no head gear, and that goes for goaltenders as well, and we never had, for some reason or another, we didn't have as many concussions as they have today. I don't know why because our game was rough, plenty rough and I can't think of a reason why [concussions] are a lot [worse] than when we played.

McDonald: What was your greatest accomplishment in the game of hockey?

Schmidt: I can honestly say how good the game of hockey was to me. The National Hockey League is giving us something so we can go out and have a good time now and then, because they are looking after us to a certain extent. What more can I say, that the National Hockey League is treating us wonderfully.


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Milt Schmidt Night

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Causeway Street is always a better place any time Milt Schmidt is around, and last night it was an even better place when Schmidt — 92 years old, firm of handshake, sharp of memory, and sparkling of eye — was feted for his 75 years of myriad good deeds and accomplishments with the Bruins.

“You remain the wise and dignified leader of the Black and Gold,’’ extolled Dick Johnson, curator of the Sports Museum of New England, introducing Schmidt late in the afternoon for the unveiling of an exhibit in his honor on the Garden’s fifth floor.

There was Schmidt, some two hours later, sitting on a chair at center ice for the pregame ceremony in his honor. Schmidt, who played from 1936-55 (excluding military service), was among the game’s fiercest and toughest competitors. To see him sitting there so serenely, with a pleasant smile on his face, waving regally to fans, family, and friends, seemed comically out of character. Not for the gentleman in the man, mind you, but for the hard-as-nails hockey player that will always rumble around in his soul.


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