NHL trying to stop Marc-Andre Fleury from wearing mask honoring wife for Native American Heritage Night
The NHL continues to take multiple steps backwards when it comes to inclusion.
The Athletic’s Michael Russo reports that Minnesota Wild goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury had a beautiful mask designed and painted in honor of his wife for the Wild’s Native American Heritage Night.
Fleury’s wife is native and the mask was designed by Cole Redhorse Taylor, a native artist. Given that special signifance, the future Hockey Hall of Famer was prepared to wear the mask despite the NHL likely fining him for doing so. The league is in the first year of a new policy that does not allow players to wear anything that promotes special initiatives on the ice.
MAF’s plan was fine until the league threatened the entire Wild organization with an even larger fine if he were to do so.