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Veteran NHL Player Takes Aim at Gary Bettman Following Recent Action

Published December 6, 2023 at 9:53

Marc-Andre Fleury, the experienced goaltender boasting 548 victories in his NHL career and nearing the record of his childhood idol Patrick Roy, found himself embroiled in a significant controversy at the end of the previous month.

Reports surfaced indicating that the NHL had cautioned Fleury and the Minnesota Wild regarding a specially designed mask intended for Minnesota's Native American Heritage Night. Despite this, Fleury remained undeterred and disregarded the League's instructions, wearing the custom mask during pre-game warmups at XCel Energy Center.

The situation took a positive turn when the NHL retracted its reported threat against Fleury and the Wild. What's more encouraging, the mask fetched a winning bid of $35,100 from a fortunate bidder.

Fleury conveyed his gratitude, stating,

"Very generous. It's for a good cause, which is the main reason why I wanted to wear the mask. You can wear the mask for 15 minutes and raise a good bunch of money to help people. To me, I just thought it was the right thing to do. I'm not someone that likes to go against rules. My mom was surprised that I wore it, but it just made no sense to me."

He contributed a viewpoint regarding the situation, emphasizing the lack of importance of the gesture in the broader context.

"Like, I've had four paint jobs on my masks this season, so I could have worn this mask all season, and nobody would say a thing. It's just such a small thing to do, but it meant so much to the people we're raising money for and the person, Cole (Redhorse Taylor), who designed it."

Moreover, the Prairie Island Indian Community committed to matching the mask's donation to a charitable organization selected by Fleury.

This event unfolded amidst the NHL's early-season ruling to limit players' personal displays of support for causes. This action aimed to prevent controversies that had drawn considerable focus in the previous year, notably concerning players choosing not to wear Pride warmup jerseys.

Source: Bruinsinsider
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Veteran NHL Player Takes Aim at Gary Bettman Following Recent Action

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