Senate passes bill to award Congress' highest honor to first Black NHL player

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Senate passes bill to award Congress' highest honor to first Black NHL player

From CNN | Politics by Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN

The US Senate passed legislation this week to grant Congress' highest honor, the Congressional Gold Medal, to the first Black player to compete in the National Hockey League.

The bipartisan measure to honor Willie O'Ree unanimously passed the chamber on Tuesday. It now must be approved by the US House of Representatives for O'Ree to be awarded the medal.

Known as "the Jackie Robinson of hockey," O'Ree, 85, broke the NHL's color barrier in 1958 with the Boston Bruins, one of six teams at the time.

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