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  1. Larry Bird at Tradition: 'Always good to come back'

    Greg Payne

    Larry Bird headed the class of honorees at The Tradition.

    Story | Conversation | June 28, 2011
  2. Photo results for "willie o ree"

  3. This Day in Sports: The NHL Breaks a Barrier

    Andre Ringuette/Getty Images We hope Willie put a helmet on before he jumped into the game. Jan. 18, 1958 - Willie O'Ree, a hockey player born and raised in New Brunswick, Canada, officially became the first black player in the NHL when he suite...

    Blog | January 18, 2010
  4. Breaking Barriers: Willie O'Ree breaks the ice

    Tom Rinaldi

    In the first part of a four-part series on sports pioneers called "Breaking Barriers," ESPN looks at the career of Willie O'Ree, the first black man to skate in the National Hockey League. Tom Rinaldi reports.

    Story | Conversation | February 05, 2008
  5. Chat with hockey pioneer Willie O'Ree

    As part of's "Breaking Barriers" series hockey pioneer Willie O'Ree will stop by Wednesday to talk about his role in the game's past, present and future. On January 18, 1958, O'Ree became the first black person to play a game in the NHL...

    Chat | February 01, 2008
  6. New England sports museum unveils O'Ree exhibit

    A half-century later, Willie O'Ree took his place beside some of the most dazzling names in sports.

    Story | Conversation | January 19, 2008
  7. Willie O'Ree still trying to open up hockey

    LZ Granderson

    Fifty years ago, Willie O'Ree became the first black player in the NHL. And he's still working to break down barriers.

    Story | Conversation | January 18, 2008
  8. Fifty years later, O'Ree still teaching through sports

    David Amber

    Willie O'Ree is one of sport's historic figures, breaking the NHL's color barrier in 1958. He talks to David Amber about his struggles, his first goal and his current NHL mission.

    Story | Conversation | January 17, 2008
  9. O'Ree's hometown to rename ice rink in his honor

    Fredericton, New Brunswick officials voted unanimously this week to name a new hockey arena after city native Willie O'Ree, the Jackie Robinson of hockey.

    Story | Conversation | September 06, 2007
  10. NHL pioneer O'Ree collects Lester Patrick Award

    When Willie O'Ree made his debut with the Boston Bruins, becoming the NHL's first black player, fans told him to go back to picking cotton. Never mind there was no cotton to be picked in his chilly Canadian hometown.

    Story | Conversation | March 25, 2003
  11. Award honors outstanding service for hockey in U.S.

    Ray Bourque, Willie O'Ree and Ron DeGregorio were chosen Thursday as recipients of the 2003 Lester Patrick Award for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

    Story | Conversation | December 05, 2002
  12. The overlooked pioneer

    Darren Rovell

    Willie O'Ree collectables don't carry the value of Jackie Robinson's.

    Story | Conversation | February 25, 2002
  13. Hockey pioneer blazes a new trail

    Alan Grant

    After breaking the NHL's color barrier 44 years ago, Willie O'Ree is blazing a new trail in inner-cities across North America.

    Story | Conversation | February 25, 2002
  14. Is the mission all that altruistic?

    Share your thought on the NHL's initiative to diversify the sport of hockey.

    Story | Conversation | February 25, 2002