June 24, 2024

The National Hockey League (NHL) has reportedly barred players from wearing Pride Tape to demonstrate their support for LGBTQ+ causes.

However, the NHL’s latest regulation change ensures that this modest measure of support will be fully eliminated this season.

The new rule, confirmed by an NHL spokesman to the LGBTQ+ sports blog OutSports, prohibits players from wearing Pride Tape during games, warm-ups, or practices.

According to an NHL representative who spoke to the LGBTQ+ sports blog OutSports, the new regulation prevents players from wearing Pride Tape during games, warm-ups, or practices.

National Hockey League reverses controversial Pride tape ban

As a result, one of the few remaining avenues for gamers to demonstrate their allegiance has been removed.

The decision comes just a few months after NHL commissioner Gary Bettman stated that teams will no longer be allowed to wear Pride jerseys during warm-up practices this season, citing them as a “distraction.”

He clarified that teams could continue to hold special nights like Black History Night, Hockey Fights Cancer Night, and Pride Night, as well as develop and sell goods to benefit charities affiliated with those causes.

“Players who choose to model them can do that,” Bettman said in June. “It’s really just the question of what’s on the ice.”

Every NHL team held a Pride Night or a Hockey Is For Everyone Night during the 2022-2023 hockey season, while seven players chose not to participate in pregame warmups in which their teammates wore Pride jerseys.

 

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