The NHL’s First Black Player, Willie O’Ree, Talks His Legacy On and Off the Ice – ‘The Takeout’


This week, “The Takeout” podcast host Major Garrett shares an extensive interview with the National Hockey League’s first black player, Willie O’Ree. O’Ree entered the NHL in 1958 with the Boston Bruins and persevered despite racial discrimination and an injury that left him blind in his right eye.

The Boston Bruins retired O’Ree’s number 22 jersey this week, and Congress passed the Willie O’Ree Congressional Gold Medal Act honoring him for breaking hockey’s racial barrier. O’Ree currently works as Director of Youth Development and NHL Diversity Ambassador.

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Democrat of Michigan, and Congressman Mike Quigley, Democrat of Illinois, who sponsored the legislation, offer their thoughts on O’Ree’s legacy on and off the ice. If you missed it, you can watch Major’s “CBS Mornings” article on O’Ree here.

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Producers: Jamie Benson, Jacob Rosen, Sara Cook and Eleanor Watson

CBSN Producer: Eric Soussanin
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