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Breaking Barriers: Willie O'Ree breaks the ice

Originally Published: February 5, 2008
By Tom Rinaldi | ESPN

EDITOR'S NOTE: ESPN and ESPN.com present a four-part series this week on sports pioneers, called "Breaking Barriers." The series debuts Tuesday with a feature about Willie O'Ree, the first black player in the National Hockey League. Watch Tom Rinaldi's story on "First Take" and all "SportsCenter" shows.

Sometimes, history happens slowly, even for those who make it.

That night, the big news at the Montreal Forum was the Boston Bruins' 3-0 shutout win over the mighty ...

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