Ex-Canuck Travis Dermott defies NHL's Delight Tape ban

Travis Dermott, who now performs for the Arizona Coyotes, is the primary NHL participant to place Delight Tape on their stick regardless of the NHL’s ban.

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From  the second the NHL’s ban on gamers utilizing rainbow-coloured hockey Delight Tape on their sticks was confirmed, there’s been chatter gamers would defy the ban.

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Saturday seems to have been the day.

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Travis Dermott, who skated for the Vancouver Canucks the previous two season however who’s with the Arizona Coyotes this season, was noticed with Delight Tape on the shaft of his hockey stick throughout his staff’s 2-1 win over the Anaheim Geese Saturday.

Dermott has lengthy been an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ+ points and an ardent help of the NHL’s Delight efforts.

In a memo despatched to groups forward of the season, the NHL reiterated on-ice participant uniforms and kit for warm-up and official staff practices can’t be altered to replicate theme nights, together with Delight, Hockey Fights Most cancers or navy appreciation celebrations.

Gamers can voluntarily take part in themed celebrations off the ice, the memo said.

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Dermott wrapped the rainbow tape on the high finish of his stick and black tape half manner down, however left rainbow colors seen just under the place his proper hand holds the stick.

The NHL didn’t instantly reply to Postmedia’s request for remark, however instructed The Athletic: “We are going to evaluation it sooner or later.”

Most gamers haven’t used Delight Tape up to now — present Canucks Brock Boeser and Ian Cole have used it in warm-up for numerous staff’s Delight nights — however Dermott has been constant in his deployment.

He’s expressed his solidarity with the LGBTQ+  neighborhood on social media and in his apparel.

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Dr. Kristopher Wells, one of many co-founders of Delight Tape, instructed Postmedia that Dermott had ordered rolls of the tape after the NHL introduced their ban and praised his utilization of the tape on Saturday.

“We didn’t know when, however he mentioned he deliberate to make use of it — all yr,” he instructed Postmedia.

“If (the NHL) superb him or the staff, there shall be a firestorm,” he predicted.

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Wells criticized the NHL’s choice to ban Delight Tape and player-driven initiatives.

“There’s some fear they’ll go the NFL route and simply designate every week to let gamers present their help for any trigger,” he mentioned. “It’s such a shallow strategy. Tokenism.”

If the NHL, which has 5 instances as many video games, had been to observe the NFL’s lead, Wells, who’s a professor at MacEwen College in Edmonton, mentioned such a transfer would say the NHL would merely be “tolerating” the LGBTQ+ motion.

“It’s akin to tolerance. We are going to tolerate you however solely below our phrases and circumstances. We won’t rejoice you,” he mentioned. “Tolerance is a power-laden idea. We’re those who give permission, you don’t have the suitable by yourself.”

And former NHL government Brian Burke, whose late son Brendan was homosexual and in whose honour he helped discovered pro-inclusion marketing campaign You Can Play, additionally praised Dermott on social media.

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