In celebration of Fredericton’s own Willie O’Ree breaking the NHL colour barrier 60 years ago, Mayor Mike O’Brien and City Council invite the public to a free skate on Thursday, January 18 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm at Willie O’Ree Place – the building named for the man who achieved this historic accomplishment. Other activities are also being explored and will be announced at a later date as they are confirmed. Come join us for a free skate to celebrate this milestone.
Willie O’Ree Place is a fully accessible, state-of-the art facility that features two NHL-sized ice surfaces, 11 large dressing rooms, offices for officials and event organizers, an indoor walking track, three rooms for community use, canteens operated by the Nashwaaksis Y’s Men Club, the Fredericton YMCA Northside Wellness Centre, and a seasonal youth centre and indoor skateboard park. In addition, this facility houses Fredericton’s Celebration of Sport.
The Scotiabank Park North Complex was officially named Willie O’Ree Place in a public ceremony January 16, 2008 in honour of the former Fredericton man who became the first black person to play in the National Hockey League 50 years ago.
605 Cliffe Street
Fredericton, NB E3A 0S1