Willie O'Ree changed hockey forever on Jan. 18, 1958. In the midst of America's tumultuous fight to end Jim Crow and the birth of the civil rights movement, Willie - the descendant of escaped slaves - became the first black player to skate in a National Hockey League game.
Sheila C. Johnson
Willie O'Ree changed hockey forever on Jan. 18, 1958. A descendant of escaped slaves, he became the first black player to skate in the NHL.