While COVID worries meant O’Ree could not be in the building, he delivered a speech that was shown on the arena video board and watched the event on video along with his wife Deljeet and daughter Chandra. In addition, former Bruins player Anson Carter and members of SCORE Boston hockey — a club that supports Hockey is for Everyone initiatives in Boston — were the ones to raise the number to the rafters.
There was Columbus representation at the event as well, as Columbus Ice Hockey Club executive director John Haferman was there to see his friend’s number put in the rafters.
“It’s a huge moment in history, and it was really, really cool,” said Haferman, who has welcomed O’Ree to Columbus numerous times over the past few years. “They did live stream him in and as soon as you saw him and his wife and his daughter, you were