NHL Rescinds Ban on Pride Tape after Player Defies the Ban

Published October 24, 2023 at 7:03 PM

The NHL's ban on pride tape has been a huge topic of conversation over the past few weeks.

Many players across the league including Edmonton's Connor McDavid, Colorado's Cale Makar, and Philadelphia's Scott Laughton have expressed their beliefs of being against the ban.

Tuesday afternoon, the NHL released a statement rescinding the ban, allowing players to advocate for social causes through the use of stick tape.

It should be noted that the ban did not limit itself to just pride tape, but involved other causes such as the military.

Arizona Coyotes defenseman Travis Dermott made headlines as the first player to wear pride tape on his stick this season in a game against the Anaheim Ducks.

"You don't really want to go against rules that are put in place by your employer, but there's some people who took some positive things from it," said Dermott.

There was no disciplinary measures taken by the league against Dermott after Saturday's game, which many wondered whether or not the league would attempt to do so.

With the ban being rescinded, more and more NHL players are expected to be wearing stick tape advocating for a social cause throughout the season.
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