Travis Dermott Speaks Up After Defying NHL's Ban on Pride Tape

Published October 24, 2023 at 9:25

Dermott Sports Pride Tape Despite NHL Ruling


Ahead of this season, the NHL sent a message to all teams warning against the use of pride tape.

Recently, Travis Dermott captured attention by ignoring Bettman's directive, showcasing pride tape during the Coyotes' inaugural home game.

For those who missed it, catch our detailed coverage of the incident here: Bettman's Ruling on Pride Tape May Backfire Due to His Own Negligence

Dermott elaborated on his choice in a conversation with PHNX Sports.

Dermott's Reasons


The Coyotes' defenseman explained:

"You don't really want to go against rules that are put in place by your employer, but there are some people who took positive things from it. That's kind of what I'm looking to impact.

"You want everyone to feel included, and that's something I've felt passionate about for a long time in my career. It's not like I just jumped on this train. It's something that I've felt has been lacking in the hockey community for a while.

I feel we need supporters of a movement like this; to have everyone feel included and really to emphasize the idea that hockey is for everyone."

"I don't want to put my teammates, coaches, GMs, or equipment managers in any kind of bad light when it's their job to look out for something like this happening. It was definitely something I did on my own and was prepared to deal with whatever repercussions the league decides to impose. I'm not going to back off and say that this battle is won, but we're going to find better ways to do it."

While the NHL has noted that they will evaluate the "incident" in "due time", it's our hope that they reconsider and revoke the restriction.

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