Washington Capitals Owners Produce Film on Black Hockey Pioneer Willie O’Ree

National Hockey League Diversity Ambassador Willie O’Ree, the first black player in the NHL, was honored during a ceremony in Boston on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via AP)

A documentary about the man who broke the NHL color barrier is making the film festival rounds.

Willie,” a film chronicling the life of Hockey Hall of Famer Willie O’Ree, counts Washington Capitals owners Ted Leonsis, Sheila Johnson and Earl Stafford as executive producers.

The project was of great interest to the Capitals ownership group, and to Johnson in particular. Johnson founded the Middleburg Film Festival in Middleburg, Virginia, where “Willie” was screened Saturday.

“This is my film festival, and as an African-American woman this is where it should be shown,” Johnson told NHL.com. “This all works together. It’s about connecting the dots.”

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Source: Washington Times

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