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Coyotes defenseman Travis Dermott uses Pride Tape in home opener, becomes first player to defy NHL ban

Arizona Coyotes defenseman Travis Dermott became the first player to openly defy the NHL’s ban on Pride Tape after he used it during the team’s home opener Saturday night. 

Dermott, who signed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Coyotes during the offseason, was seen using the prohibited stick tape during this weekend’s 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks. 

Travis Dermott skates with Pride Tape on stick

Travis Dermott, #33 of the Arizona Coyotes, skates on the ice with pride tape at Mullett Arena on Oct. 21, 2023 in Tempe, Arizona. (Zac BonDurant/Getty Images)

League officials told The Athletic on Sunday that they will review the incident for a possible violation of their policy “in due course.” The team told ESPN separately that they had not heard of any potential disciplinary measures from the league, yet. 

Boston Bruins captain Brad Marchand said players should “support who and what you want to support” and does not think “we need to be used to push political agendas.” However, he added that it was “unfortunate we can’t find common ground.”

The Coyotes are set to host Pride Night on Friday. 

Co-founder of Pride Tape Jeff McLean told The Athletic Saturday that Dermott placed an order for more rainbow stick tape just last week with plans to use it throughout the 2023-2024 season. 

Fox News’ Ryan Morik contributed to this report.

Paulina Dedaj is a Sports Reporter for Fox News Digital.


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