PROBLACK HOCKEY BLOG
Willie O’Ree, 81 years old, the first African American hockey player in the National Hockey League (NHL), accompanies Ducks radio play-by-play announcer Steve Carroll to lead an assembly for 4th and 5th grade students at Star View Elementary School from 9-10 a.m. on February 23.
The assembly is part of the Ducks S.C.O.R.E. school assembly program, focusing in February on the Hockey Is for Everyone initiative. O’Ree played his first game in 1958 with the Boston Bruins.
The assembly will focus on O'Ree's career, both on his path to becoming the first African American player in the NHL, as well as his commitment to growing the sport in accordance with NHL's Hockey Is for Everyone initiative. The assembly will be a conversation, highlighting topics such as childhood dreams, breaking barriers, leaving a legacy, and California hockey history. Star View students are studying O’Ree in their classes and will have the chance to ask questions at the end of each assembly.