Art Dorrington, of the West Side section of Atlantic City, said he is "overwhelmed and overjoyed" at the news.

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Art Dorrington is not from Atlantic City, but you wouldn't know it by talking to him.

The Canadian-born player competed for the Eastern Hockey League's Atlantic City Sea Gulls in 1950 becoming the first black professional hockey player in history, eight years before Willie O'Ree joined the the NHL.

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Dorrington has since made Atlantic City his home.

The 81-year-old will be recognized Tuesday at Boardwalk Hall when officials will name the ice rink after him. The ceremony starts at 4 p.m. and is free.

Dorrington didn't just live in Atlantic City, he became involved in the community creating the Art Dorrington Foundation, which helps children from Atlantic City discover a sport they probably would not have otherwise.

More than just hockey, the foundation also teaches life skills. For every hour they spend on the ice, they have to spend an hour in a classroom as well.

Part of the ceremony includes a free hockey clinic with students from Atlantic City with Dorrington and O'Ree.


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