Arizona Coyotes’ Travis Dermott makes use of Satisfaction Tape after NHL’s ban

Arizona Coyotes defenseman Travis Dermott turned the primary NHL participant to make use of Satisfaction Tape on his stick in defiance of the NHL's ban of its use throughout warmups and video games this season.

Dermott wrapped the highest of his stick to Satisfaction Tape, a rainbow-colored stick tape that is used to help the LGBTQ+ group, throughout the Coyotes' 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks at residence on Saturday evening.

The NHL introduced in June that groups had been not allowed to put on “specialty” jerseys throughout warmups, practices or video games. The unilateral ban adopted a season through which a number of gamers refused to participate in warmups when their groups wore Satisfaction evening jerseys attributable to their individual or non secular objections.

Earlier than this season began, the NHL additional clarified that on-ice participant uniforms and kit worn in warmups, official group practices and video games can't be altered to replicate “specialty” theme nights. That included the usage of Satisfaction Tape on sticks.

Beforehand, NHL gamers would wrap their sticks with the tape after which have the game-used gear auctioned off for charity. The league stated the present ban on Satisfaction tape was to forestall groups and gamers from utilizing it as an “finish round” to violate the brand new uniform coverage.

Dermott used the tape throughout the group's residence opener. The Coyotes would be the first NHL group to carry a Satisfaction Evening this season once they host the Los Angeles Kings on Oct. 27.

The Coyotes instructed ESPN that that they had heard nothing from the NHL relating to punishment for Dermott or the group.

As NHL spokesperson instructed ESPN there wasn't any announcement from the league Hockey Operations division relating to Demott's use of Satisfaction Tape. The NHLPA had no additional info, both.

Dermott had beforehand used Satisfaction Tape as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs. He instructed ESPN's Kristen Shilton in 2021 that he has “some household that's concerned within the LGBTQ group. So, I might prefer to step ahead and sooner or later participate in supporting them extra vigorously.”

Jeff McLean, one of many co-founders of Satisfaction Tape, stated they proceed to ship Dermott shipments of the tape as a result of “he is all the time been variety sufficient to recurrently use” it.

“He despatched me a textual content to get topped up as a result of he had run out. We're all the time very happy to help Travis,” stated McLean, who beforehand stated he was dissatisfied by the NHL's ban on Satisfaction Tape.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has stated that the league's new coverage has been “terribly misunderstood and mis-portrayed” and that the NHL nonetheless encourages “specialty nights the place teams of all differing types are honored and consciousness is raised.”

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