Trailblazers: Meet The Black Man Called The Jackie Robinson Of Hockey
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Every week for Black History Month, we’re profiling a trailblazer who made underrated contributions to our history.

Last month, the Boston Bruins hockey team retired the jersey of Willie O’Ree, the first Black player of the National Hockey League. Considered the Jackie Robinson of hockey, O’Ree made his NHL debut in 1958.

But there’s more to know about Black people in the sport even before the trailblazer made history.


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