By Knowladgey Team
October 26, 2023
– In a momentous move, the NHL has revoked its prohibition on rainbow-hued Pride tape, granting players the freedom to utilize it during this season's games.
– The league, players' union, and a committee on inclusion have collectively agreed to let players use the Pride tape. – This move overturns a prior ban on using rainbow-colored tape, which had sparked controversy and garnered support from LGBTQ+ advocates in sports.
– "We are so very grateful to everyone who believes hockey should be a safe, inclusive, and welcoming space for all," shared the makers of Pride Tape on social media. – NHL Players’ Association expresses pleasure over the revised policy, enabling players to support their chosen causes freely.
– Pride nights became a polarizing issue in hockey when six players declined to participate in pregame warmups last season when their teams wore rainbow-themed jerseys. – The updated policy includes a ban on theme jerseys, such as military appreciation and Hockey Fights Cancer, for warmups this season.
– The ban received criticism from players across the league, and several players, like Arizona's Travis Dermott, defied the ban by using rainbow-colored tape on their sticks. – Advocates like Brian Burke emphasized the importance of supporting social causes within the sport.
– The You Can Play Project, a long-time advocate for LGBTQ+ participation in sports and NHL partner, celebrated the reversal as "a win for us all." – Actively welcoming communities into hockey is seen as vital for the sport's future and a significant step towards genuine inclusivity.
– The NHL's decision to allow the use of Pride tape marks a significant stride towards inclusivity, diversity, and unity within the hockey community. – Together, we can create a more welcoming space for everyone, both on and off the ice.