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NHL reverses course on Pride Tape ban after Coyotes’ Travis Dermott defies policy

The NHL reversed course on Tuesday, announcing that players will again have the option to use Pride Tape and other stick tape throughout the season “in support of social causes” after Arizona Coyotes defenseman Travis Dermott became the first player to openly defy the ban over the weekend. 

The league issued a brief statement announcing the policy change: 

Florida Panthers goaltender Alex Lyon warms up

Florida Panthers goaltender Alex Lyon warms up while donning a Pride Night hockey jersey and Pride Tape on his stick before the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Amerant Bank Arena in Sunrise, Florida, on March 23, 2023. (AP Photo/Michael Laughlin)

“After consultation with the NHL Players’ Association and the NHL Player Inclusion Coalition, Players will now have the option to voluntarily represent social causes with their stick tape throughout the season.” 

The Coyotes are set to host Pride Night on Friday. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Paulina Dedaj is a Sports Reporter for Fox News Digital.

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