willie o'ree

played hockey

  • First black man to play hockey.
  • Got hit in the right eye with a hockey puck that made him lose 95% of his eye sight and was advised to stop playing hockey.
  • His debut wasn't mentioned in the Boston Globe or New York times and was not greeted with applause and animosity
  • Endured constant racial slurs from fans and players. He found him self being unceremoniously traded.
  • He retired in 1979