Gary Bettman Robs Minnesota Wild Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury

Published November 24, 2023 at 4:18 PM

The Minnesota Wild are gearing up for Native American Heritage Night against the Colorado Avalanche, and Marc-Andre Fleury had specially designed a mask to express his support for the occasion.

Fleury Willing to Defy Gary Bettman's Rules To Show Support For Native American Heritage Night

The cause holds personal significance for Fleury, given that his wife is Native American. Designed by Native American artist Cole Redhorse Taylor, the mask incorporates special quotes from Fleury's father.

Now, Gary Bettman and the NHL have made the decision to prohibit Fleury from wearing the mask. Despite contemplating defying the rules and accepting the fine, Bettman has warned that the Wild would face an even larger penalty if Fleury goes through with it.

In honor of Native American Heritage Night and as a tribute to his Native American wife, Marc-Andre Fleury had a unique mask crafted by Cole Redhorse Taylor. The mask features quotes from his father on the back and the names of his children.

Fleury expressed disappointment as the NHL informed him that he couldn't even wear the mask during warmups.

Despite this, Fleury hinted at his intention to wear the mask regardless and pay the fine. Subsequently, the NHL issued a threat of an additional significant fine against the Wild organization.

This situation highlights the ongoing struggle between players and the NHL, as players seek to express support for causes dear to them, while the league imposes restrictions.

The issue is likely to be a focal point for discussion within the NHLPA during the upcoming offseason, with the aim of establishing a policy that enables players to demonstrate support for various causes.

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