Boston Bruins

Bruins winger Craig Smith takes part in a voluntary workout. (Credit: Boston Bruins)

By Matt Dolloff,

The Bruins are finally retiring Willie O’Ree’s jersey No. 22 this season. That means newcomer Craig Smith had to make a change. So the team announced on Wednesday that Smith will now wear No. 12.

The number has previously been worn by such Bruins greats as Wayen Cashman and Adam Oates. Future Hall of Famer Jarome Iginla wore it in the 2013-14 season. Others to wear No. 12 in Boston include Brian Rolston, Barry Pederson, Lyndon Byers, Dmitry Khristich, and Chuck Kobasew.

The B’s will honor O’Ree, who became the first black player to play for an NHL team when he suited up for Boston in 1958, in a ceremony on Feb. 18 before a game against the New Jersey Devils.

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