18/01/1958 Willie O'Ree is the first black player in NHL
Memories: Willie O'Ree is NHL's first black player
Eye To Eye: WIllie O'Ree (CBS News)
Willie O’Ree drops puck before Ducks and Bruins game
Willie Eldon O'Ree is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player, known best for being the first black player in NHL. O'Ree played as a winger for the Boston Bruins and is referred to as the "Jackie Robinson of ice hockey" due to breaking the black color barrier in the sport.