First black NHL player, Boston
When ORee faced the Montreal Canadians on Jan. 18, 1958, he was not only the first and sole black player in the league, but legally blind in his right eye after a Junior League injury left his retina shattered.
The New Brunswick native played 45 games with the Bruins, earning four goals and 10 assists. He was in the league until 1961. Today, he encourages children of color to hit the ice as director of youth hockey development for NHL Diversity.