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Children's Nonfiction Sports & Recreation

Biographie en images : Voici Willie O'Ree

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod

illustrated by Mike Deas

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Jan 2020
Sports & Recreation, Hockey, Diversity & Multicultural
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jan 2020
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  • Age: 6 to 10
  • Grade: 1 to 4


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Le 18 janvier 1958, Willie O’Ree est entré dans l’histoire lorsqu’il est devenu le premier Noir à jouer dans la LNH. Il a disputé un total de 45 matchs avec les Bruins de Boston, un exploit remarquable compte tenu des épreuves qu’il a dû surmonter pour y parvenir.

Au cours de sa carrière, Willie a souvent dû faire face au racisme, à l’intolérance et aux insultes. De plus, il était aveugle d’un œil et devait en garder le secret au risque de ne jamais jouer dans la LNH! Toutefois, grâce à son caractère, sa persévérance et son amour du jeu, son séjour avec les Bruins n’était que le début de ses réalisations dans le monde du hockey…

Depuis les vingt dernières années, Willie O’Ree est le directeur du développement jeunesse du programme de la diversité de la LNH. En 2018, il a été intronisé au Temple de la renommée du hockey. Jusqu’à ce jour, il continue d’inspirer les jeunes hockeyeurs sur et en dehors de la glace!


On January 18, 1958, Willie O’Ree made history when he suited up with the Boston Bruins against the Montreal Canadiens. O’Ree went on to play a total of 45 games with the Bruins, a remarkable achievement considering all he had to overcome to get there. He was often subjected to racism, bigotry and name-calling. He was blind in one eye — something he had to keep secret or he’d never play in the NHL. But thanks to his relentless positivity, perseverance and love of the game, Willie’s time with the Bruins is only the beginning of his achievements in hockey.

For the past twenty years he has served as the NHL’s Director of Youth Development and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2018, among other achievements. He continues to inspire others on and off the ice.

Original title: Scholastic Canada Biography: Meet Willie O'Ree

About the authors

Liz is one nosy author, which is why she loves writing non-fiction. She’s very curious about why people do what they do, and likes sharing with kids the amazing facts and secrets that she uncovers.As a kid in Thornhill, Ontario, the idea of being a writer never crossed Liz’s mind—she figured most authors were already dead and they definitely weren’t Canadian. Besides, it was science that interested Liz.But writing was already part of Liz’s life. After dinner on school nights, Liz and her two brothers would trudge up to their rooms, close their doors and start to do their homework—or so their parents thought. A few minutes later, a piece of paper would come sliding under Liz’s door. One of her brothers had drawn a picture, usually of some weird creature.Liz really couldn’t draw (still can’t!), so the only way she could respond was to write a short story, often about a mad scientist or space alien. She would slip the story under her brother’s door and—well, not a lot of homework got done.At university, Liz studied sciences—there was hardly any writing involved at all. But after university, she was hired as an editor at OWL magazine, where she could combine writing and her love of science. But it wasn’t long before Liz had a goal: to write a book. Her first one was about lions and since then she’s written more than fifty others.Royal Murder: The Deadly Intrigue of Ten Sovereigns (2008) is one of her favourite books because royalty has always fascinated Liz. She loved going behind the scenes with monarchs from Cleopatra to Dracula to find out just what they would do to hold onto power or protect their families.Bones Never Lie: How Forensics Helps Solve History’s Mysteries (2013) was the winner of numerous awards, including the Crime Writers of Canada 2014 Arthur Ellis Award in the Juvenile/YA category. Liz’s latest book with Annick Press, Galloping Through History: Incredible True Horse Stories (Spring 2015), combines, once again, her outstanding storytelling skills with her passion for history. This time her love of animals also shines through as she recounts the stories of six horses that changed the way humans live, travel, fight, work, and play.Liz lives in Toronto with her husband, Paul, and their cat Cosimo. While she writes, he is usually sprawled across her desk—often right on the book she needs for research!

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Mike Deas est auteur-illustrateur de bandes dessinées, telles que Tank and Fizz and The Case of the Tentacle Terror. Il signe aussi les illustrations de la série Graphic Guide Adventure. Sa passion pour l'illustration a été entretenue tout au long de son enfance à l'île Saltspring, en Colombie-Britannique où il habite encore aujourd'hui.


MIKE DEAS is an author/illustrator of graphic novels, most recently Tank and Fizz and the Case of the Tentacle Terror. He is the illustrator of the Graphic Guide Adventure series. His love for illustrative storytelling comes from an early love of reading and drawing while growing up on Saltspring Island, British Columbia. Visit him online at

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