In 1961 Willie O'Ree broke one of the final color barriers in professional sports when he became the first black to play in the national Hockey League.
A forward with the Boston Bruins, O'Ree played only 45 games in the NHL. The fans' opposition was so intense that, despite the hard-hitting nature of professional hockey, O'Ree says the playing surface was the safest place for him.
O'Ree went on to play in the minor leagues until age 43.
Click here to check out Arthur's CBS radio interview in 1989 with Harold Dow, following the release of A Hard Road To Glory. Arthur talks about African-Americans in sports and how Black athletes have affected Civil Rights in America.
A Hard Road to Glory Profiles
Drawing from the many athletes that Arthur Ashe profiled for his unprecedented book A Hard Road to Glory, which examined the history of African-Americans in sport
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