Trailblazer O'Ree

60 years ago today, Willie O'Ree became the first black player in the NHL - breaking the color barrier in the sport of hockey just as the legendary Jackie Robinson did for baseball 11 years earlier.

O'Ree made his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins on January 18, 1958 against the Montreal Canadiens. He would play in a total of 45 NHL games over parts of two seasons as a winger for the Bruins.

After Wille's stint, there would not be another black player in the NHL until the 1974-75 season.

I picked up the above 2006-07 Parkhurst Willie O'Ree autograph card several years ago and it remains in my collection as a personal favorite.


  1. I'm late to the party but awesome card Brad. I've got a copy of this one myself, I'd say any hockey collection worth its weight in salt needs some O'Ree!


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