Cale Makar Speaks On Gary Bettman's Recent Controversies

Published October 24, 2023 at 11:37

Makar Criticizes Bettman's Decision on Pride


Cale Makar, one of the Avalanche's superstars, expressed his sentiments on the NHL's decision to prohibit the use of Pride tape:

"Asked about the NHL's choice to ban Pride tape, star Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar called it an "interesting decision."

"We're put in tough positions as athletes," Makar said. "When one individual kind of goes astray, it looks bad on the whole community. For us — 99 percent of the guys in the league — it's all about growing the game and making sure it's inclusive for every single person. I get what the NHL is trying to do. They're trying to eliminate individual thinking and help the league in terms of not putting any one guy in that spot.

"At the same time, we live in a world where it needs to be inclusive for everybody. As an individual, with my point of view, I'm here to make the game as inclusive as possible. Whether it's doing different theme nights — military, Pride night — I think everything has a special meaning, regardless of whom it's for."

For the Love of the Game: Inclusion Matters


Makar's message is unambiguous: 99% of players want to make the game more inclusive. However, if one player diverges from this belief, it taints the whole League.

The necessity for themed nights to advocate for inclusiveness is debatable, but one thing is certain: if the NHL decides against orchestrating such events, players should have the right to do it.

Whether the tape on a stick is black or colored, doesn't change anything for the NHL. Yet, for many, it symbolizes an embracing community and is pivotal in cultivating an environment where everyone feels valued and accepted.

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