This week, “The Takeout” podcast host Main Garrett shares an prolonged interview with the Nationwide Hockey League’s first Black participant, Willie O’Ree. O’Ree entered the NHL in 1958 with the Boston Bruins, and persevered by racial discrimination and an damage that left him blind in his proper eye.
The Boston Bruins retired O’Ree’s number-22 jersey this week, and Congress handed the Willie O’Ree Congressional Gold Medal Act honoring him for breaking hockey’s racial barrier. O’Ree at present works because the NHL’s director of youth growth and variety ambassador.
Senator Debbie Stabenow, Democrat of Michigan, and Congressman Mike Quigley, Democrat of Illinois, who sponsored the laws, provide their ideas on O’Ree’s legacy on and off the ice. For those who missed it, you’ll be able to watch Main’s “CBS Mornings” piece on O’Ree right here.
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