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A Great Man, A Roll Model

from the Stockton Record,
At 23, Derek Campbell had to do a thesis during his senior year in college on anything he wanted. As a Black hockey player who wants to play in the National Hockey League someday soon, finding a topic back then was easy: He wrote about his hero, Willie O'Ree. The same Willie O'Ree many consider the Jackie Robinson of hockey. After spending several weeks studying the life and career of the man who broke the NHL's color barrier 47 years ago, Campbell found himself filled with admiration. "Willie O'Ree is a great man," said Campbell, now a member of the Stockton Thunder. "If you understand what he did, you can't help but admire the man."
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