clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Deep Blue Sea: ISO Fourth Line Center, apparently

New, comments

Here’s your Sharks news and notes and an open daily discussion thread.

NHL: Arizona Coyotes at San Jose Sharks Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

Before the Sharks take on the Colorado Avalanche tonight, let’s look at some Sharks news from around the web:

And here’s some extra blood in the water from around the league:

Finally, this one deserves a little extra attention. Sign the petition to induct Wille O’ree into the Hockey Hall of Fame. From the petition:

On January 18, 1958, Mr. Willie O’ree made his debut with the Boston Bruins, breaking the color barrier as the first Black player in the history of the NHL. His incredible achievement has influenced and paved the way for a score of players and fans of color, including Grant Fuhr, the first Black member inducted into the Hall, who thanked Mr. O’ree during his acceptance speech.

In the years since, Mr. O’ree has become one of the League’s strongest advocates for diversity, holding the title of Director of Youth Development for the NHL/USA Hockey Diversity Task Force since 1998. Under his leadership, the program has grown to introduce more than 40,000 children of various socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds to the game of hockey with the guiding principle that Hockey is For Everyone. His efforts and mentorship have led to the creation of more than 30 youth hockey programs for low-income families and countless scores of new hockey fans from non-traditional hockey markets.

On the 60th anniversary of his monumental feat, we ask that the Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee, and the NHL finally acknowledge Mr. O’ree’s awe-inspiring contributions to hockey.

The hashtag #WillieforHHOF will track the petition’s progress and allow fans to speak up about why his inclusion is important. Please take a second of your day to get this man the recognition he deserves.

Feel free to discuss any of these topics or things we might not have covered in the comments below. There’ll be plenty of space to discuss the upcoming game later today.