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NHL announces the next step for Travis Dermott after he violated the NHL Pride Tape ban


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Josh
October 22, 2023  (11:42)
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Before this season the National Hockey League announced they'd put a stop to all specialty nights. This ban included Pride Nights, Hockey Fights Cancer, but even expanded into the use of Pride Tape on player's sticks.

Shortly after the announcement, some players announced that they didn't care about the ban and they intended to still use the tape, regardless of the punishment.
Yesterday when the Arizona Coyotes hosted the Anaheim Ducks, Coyotes defenceman Travis Dermott was spotted using the tape on his stick, the NHL issued the following response.
Arizona Coyotes defenseman Travis Dermott used Pride tape on his stick in a game against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday.

When asked if Dermott would be fined or otherwise disciplined, the NHL told The Athletic in a statement: ‘We will review it in due course.' <\q>



According to The Athletic, the NHL's only comment on the matter was that they would review the issue in due course, while they haven't even outlined supposed discipline for breaking the new rule. An important element to this is to note the NHL never approved this potential rule change with the NHLPA, something they're required to do.

It'll be interesting to see how long it will take the NHL to review the matter and what exactly the punishment will be for players who break the rule, but it seems like they're using Dermott as a Guinea Pig.

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