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The Willie O'Ree Community Hero Award is an annual award established by the National Hockey League is presented to the person who best utilizes hockey as a platform to help people build character and develop important life skills for a more positive family experience.  The award is named in honor of Willie O'Ree who broke the color barrier in the NHL.  It was first awarded at the conclusion of the 2017-18 playing season. The award is presented at the annual NHL Awards show.  The award is voted upon by hockey fans after the nomination list is reduced to the finalists.[1]


Note chosen recipient in bold.

2018 FinalistsEdit

The surviving members of the bus crash and Haugan's family accepted the award on behalf of Darcy Haugan.

2019 FinalistsEdit



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