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Hockey Culture: NBC Sports' Anson Carter interviews B's legend Willie O'Ree

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Willie O'Ree has made a tremendous impact on the sport of hockey as the first Black player in NHL history.

O'Ree broke the league's color barrier when he made his debut for the Boston Bruins on Jan. 18, 1958. 

The B's announced earlier this month that they will retire his No. 22 to the rafters at TD Garden on Feb. 18, 2020.

Monday is the Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the 63rd anniversary of O'Ree's first game. NBC Sports analyst Anson Carter recently caught up with O'Ree for the season premiere of Hockey Culture.

They engaged in a wide-ranging conversation on several topics, including the events at the United States Capitol Building on Jan. 6.

Check out the video below for a preview of the episode.

Willie O'Ree on facing discrimination

Be sure to check out Hockey Culture's YouTube page for more great videos, including Carter's talk with O'Ree.