Hot Docs Trailers: ‘Willie’

A hockey hero gets his due in the new film Willie. The doc, which was announced this week to world premiere in Hot Docs’ Special Presentations line-up, tells the story of Willie O’Ree, who broke barriers as the first hockey Black player in the NHL when he hit the ice in 1957. This film directed by Laurence Mathieu-Leger, featuring a team composed entirely of women and minority crew members, follows O’Ree’s journey from segregated bus terminals to the Hockey Hall of Fame. It’s an inspiring story that matters to this day as many sports still place considerable barriers for access and inclusion. Catch Willie at Hot Docs in April and subscribe to read more in the next issue of POV!