Willie O’Ree broke the NHL’s color barrier in 1958, becoming the first black hockey player in the NHL when he debuted for the Boston Bruins. Nearly 60 years later, O’Ree is still breaking down walls.
The 80-year-old spoke to nearly 1,200 students and faculty Friday at the Anti-Defamation League’s annual youth congress and discussed the challenges of being “the Jackie Robinson of hockey” and his work to bring hockey to the forefront of community outreach programs across the country.
He stopped by NESN’s studio later to sit down with Dale Arnold for an exclusive interview. Watch the interview in its entirety in the video above.
Thumbnail photo via Former Bruins player Willie O'Ree broke the NHL's color barrier.