Lee's Summit Tribune

Home
CATEGORIES
Welcome
News
Community
Health
Downtown Lee's Summit
R-7 School News
Greenwood,MO
Lake Lotawana, MO
Women in Business
Contact Us
Obituaries
Opinion
Sports
Mavericks
Scouting News
VFW News
Lee's Summit City Updates
Council Minutes
Charter Review 2016-17
Police Blotter
Election-Legals
Classifieds

Welcome to the new home of Lee's Summit Tribune. We are dedicated to providing you the most current and accurate news and events in Lee's Summit
Home » Sports » Mavericks » Mavs Players See Hockey History in Person

Mavs Players See Hockey History in Person

Mavs Players See Hockey History in Person

February 25, 2017

Photo by Fred Liggett

By Fred Liggett

The Missouri Mavericks continue to make history for the franchise each time they take the ice for an ECHL game. While the current edition of the Mavericks hockey team tries to put another winning note down in team history, the players and coaches saw a lot of hockey history last weekend. 

The Mavericks were lucky enough to play host to 81-year-old Willie O' Ree who is better known as the "Jackie Robinson" of hockey. O' Ree broke the color barrier back in January of 1958 when he signed with Boston. Later in his career in 1962, O'Ree got the chance to meet baseball's Jackie Robinson. The visit occurred while O' Ree was playing for the LA Blades. 

O' Ree remains busy these days traveling around the country promoting the sport of hockey with today's youth. When he is asked, he will tell his story, too. This is his second visit to Kansas City. The first one came in 2004 when he came to the Negro Leagues Museum for an event. 

Mavericks rookie Darren Nowick stated that "it was unbelievable" to meet history in person rather than reading about it in a book. Many Mavericks players were quick to grab a camera to snap a photo with Mr. O'Ree. Mavericks staff treated Mr. O'Ree to a suite at a Mavs game, a game the Mavericks won over the Quad City Mallards. 

Before the game O’Ree was asked his thoughts on the Mavericks giving him the chance to share his story with the team. "I am very impressed with the Mavericks. I liked what I saw in practice too," O' Ree said. He added that he "was thrilled to be asked to come" and "Kansas City is an awesome city." 

At a press conference, O'Ree was asked to rate hockey in Kansas City compared to other places in the US. O'Ree finds the Kansas City area “compeititive." The team he sees the most is in San Diego. The San Diego Gulls of the AHL O'Ree says play a type of game similar to the Mavericks. 

Before closing, O'Ree commented on the growth of the sport from his playing days. "I knew hockey would advance from just six teams in 1967. Hockey is growing in all the states especially down south,” O’Ree said. "It says a lot that hockey is going into Las Vegas at a beautiful new arena. Hockey is on the move and more kids are playing the sport than ever before. Kids are setting goals to play pro hockey now and working hard to achieve it."

The 2017 Mavericks following the weekend visit with O'Ree enjoyed hearing about the history of their favorite sport and that was another achievement for them. 



Bookmark and Share

Leave a reply

*Your name:
*Your email: (email won't be published)
Your website: (optional)
*Comment:
*CAPTCHA: CAPTCHA

Other Recent Articles from the Mavericks Category:

SEARCH

PAST WEEK'S TOP 5
Page Views: 11,044
Jackson County Sheriff's Office - Sobriety Checkpoint
Page Views: 1,275
Ethics Commission Finds Forte in Violation of State Statute, Next Step Lies with City Council
Page Views: 869
Questions Google Fiber Posed at Council
Page Views: 758
Lee's Summit Structure Fire at 713 SE 11th Street
Page Views: 623
Residential Structure Fire Damages Two Lee's Summit Homes
CITY LINKS
City of Lee's Summit
LS R7
LS Economic Dev Council
LS Tourism
LS Chamber
LS Parks & Rec

SCHOOL LINKS
LSCCS
RANDOM PICK
Suspect Charged in Lee's Summit Police Officer Involved Shooting
Suspect Charged in Lee's Summit Police Officer Involved Shooting
Home  | 
Copyright © 2009 Lee's Summit Tribune
Developed by Gaxio