Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer
San Jose Sharks' Joel Ward wears No. 42 to honor the late Jackie Robinson. Ward also believes that NHL pioneer Willie O'Ree should be honored in a similar way and maybe a discussion should be started to retire his No. 22. Here's what Ward said about wearing No. 42:
"When I think about what Jackie Robinson means, not just on the baseball aspect, but what he went through, and I always question myself whether would I ever be strong enough to go through something like that, and the fact that he excelled hitting over .300 and knowing that he could be shot at any minute, every time he stepped up to the plate he just seemed to tune that out in some miraculously way, so for somebody to pave the way like that and open doors for guys like myself is unbelievable."