DPS STUDENTS FOLLOW THE HOCKEY LEAD OF PIONEER WILLIAM O’REE

NEWS from
Detroit Public Schools
Department of Public Relations
Contact: Mattie Majors
313-873-8401 mattie.majors@detroitk12.org

WHAT: In 1958, William ‘Willie’ O’Ree became the first African American to play in the NHL as a member of the Boston Bruins. Today as an ambassador for the NHL diversity efforts, he is encouraging minority youngsters such as Mark Anthony Alexander who attends Rutherford Elementary, to take up the game. Mark will be joined by other DPS students from Hally Middle, Noble and Bates Elementaries, and Martin Luther King Jr. High School in the local ‘Hockey In The Hood’ tournament this weekend. The tournament will feature 12 children’s teams from Chicago, Buffalo, Philadelphia and other cities. It will also include a special 50 year tribute to O’Ree. At seven years old, Mark, has played for the Detroit Hockey Association team for 2 years and is passionate about the game. True to his hero Jarome Ignila of the Calvary Flames, Mark wears number 12 as he flashes around the rink and is sure to get plenty of ice time in this tournament that will help change the face of hockey.

WHEN: Friday – Sunday, February 15-17

WHERE: The Jack Adams Rink, State Fairgrounds and the Joe Louis Arena.

WHO: Contact Marilyn Alexander/DHA/Vice Pres./(313) 587-2747

For information about enrollment, call 313-873-7098 or visit our website at www.detroitk12.org.
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