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Reaves gets goal after telling O'Ree he would score for him

Penguins forward met hockey legend this morning, delivered on promise

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Reaves scores after guarantee

LAK@PIT: Reaves scores to hold up guarantee to O'Ree

Ryan Reaves wires a shot past Jonathan Quick to open the scoring in the 2nd period and discusses his interview to score one for Willie O'Ree

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Ryan Reaves told everyone it was coming. Well, he actually told Willie O'Ree it was coming.

The Pittsburgh Penguins forward scored a pretty wrist shot to open the scoring against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night. And the NHL's Diversity Ambassador told the crowd in attendance at PPG Paints Arena that Reaves said it was coming.

Earlier in day, Reaves met O'Ree for the first time at the team's morning skate. O'Ree, the first black player in NHL history who made his debut 60 years ago, helps lead Hockey Is For Everyone month each February, inspiring and educating at various stops around the league.

The Penguins shared a picture of the meeting.

Tweet from @penguins: It was an honor to have you at morning skate, Willie O'Ree!Coach Sullivan: ���Willie is a testament to perseverance. He might have faced more adversity than any of us. I think he���s a great example of dedication. He���s been a great ambassador to the sport.���#HockeyIsForEveryone pic.twitter.com/v1b63RgPD8

With it came a promise. That Reaves would go out and play well and score. And he delivered early.

"I said I was going to have a good game for him, hopefully get him [a goal]," Reaves said. "With Willie O'Ree in the house, it's pretty special. He's a pioneer for players like me and it was nice getting a win... Somebody you look up to. Big in the NHL, big in sports, for players like me. So, it was really special."

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