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Willie O'Ree promotes Hockey Is For Everyone

First black player in NHL helps spread game in California

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Willie O'Ree made a trip to Anaheim to help promote Hockey Is For Everyone.

O'Ree, the first black NHL player, visited four elementary schools in the area and spoke to more than 1,000 students from grades four through six.

O'Ree spoke at an assembly with Anaheim Ducks play-by-play announcer Steve Carroll to discuss childhood dreams, breaking racial barriers and the growth of hockey in California.

The 81-year-old former Boston Bruins forward concluded his trip by taking in the Ducks' 5-2 win against the Washington Capitals on Sunday.

O'Ree played for the Bruins during the 1957-58 and 1960-61 seasons.

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