Fifty years later, O'Ree still teaching through sports

Updated: January 18, 2008, 5:50 PM ET
By David Amber | Special to ESPN.com

Willie O'Ree made hockey history on Jan. 18, 1958, by becoming the first black player to suit up for an NHL game.

His NHL résumé is a modest 45 games, including four goals and 10 assists, but O'Ree's legacy runs much deeper and his story is much greater.

This week the league celebrates the 50th anniversary of his historic debut, and in this week's Facing Off we go one-on-one with the hockey legend. O'Ree, 72, discusses the incredible secret he kept to ensure ...

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