Pittsburgh Penguins Open Registration For ‘Willie O’Ree Academy,’ Designed To Provide Opportunities For Black Youth Hockey Players

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Registration is now open for an academy created by the Penguins to provide opportunities to Black youth hockey players. The Penguins created the Willie O’Ree Academy in honor of Willie O’Ree, who became the NHL’s first Black player in 1958 and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a builder in 2018. It’s a nine-week training program that will bring together Black youth hockey players skating in the PAHL and PIHL.