Lessons in Social Justice & Racism

Award-winning documentary ‘Willie’ is a tale of battling adversity that goes beyond the hockey rink. Classroom Champions, the NHL and the Willie Doc Team have teamed up to offer a digital experience to facilitate these important conversations about social justice and racism through Willie’s experiences.

About Willie O’Ree’s Lessons in Social Justice & Racism

Willie O’Ree changed hockey forever on January 18, 1958 as the first black player in the NHL. His journey of resilience and determination was showcased in the documentary Willie. Now, you can facilitate a meaningful lesson around social justice and racism through Willie’s experience using our educator’s guide, a tool for parents, teachers, clubs and coaches.

Take a minute to be mindful about these important themes. Hear from your favorite players and advocates about the issues brought forth in the Willie documentary.

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Educator’s Guides & Resources

Download our guides for educators, coaches, families, or community groups to help navigate a discussion around racism and social justice through the documentary, Willie. Click below to access the guides, corresponding clips and other educational resources for kids grades 5-8 and 9-12.

Documentary Clips

Connect with your favorite sports leaders

Classrooms and clubs can talk directly with professional hockey players, the filmmakers, and supporters about their personal experience with social justice. It’s free and easy to register!

Haven’t Watched Willie’s Journey Yet?

Willie O’Ree was a change-agent in the hockey world, whether he knew it or not. Watch the story of his career and how his journey paved the way for so many players of color across the sport.

Sign up to access the Educators Guide above for a free 52 min version of the film to be used in classrooms.

Other places to watch the full film


  • TSN (check local listings)
  • French TV — Telequebec


  • Gray TV (check local listings)

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