Willie O’Ree Breaks NHL Color Barrier
On January 18, 1958, Willie O’Ree became the first Black player to appear in a National Hockey League game. After numerous injuries suffered by Boston Bruins players, O’Ree was called up from the minor leagues to play against the Montreal Canadians. O’Ree played only two games that season and only 43 in his NHL career, scoring 4 goals and 10 assists. In 1998, he was named the director of youth development for the NHL’s diversity program.