Brad Marchand Calls Out The League For Pride Ban

Published October 11, 2023 at 2:03 PM

The NHL recently announced its decision to ban pride tape from NHL games. Since this announcement, many NHL players and staff have spoken out against this decision. This now includes a newly named captain of an iconic franchise.

Marchand Calls Out The NHL

Since the NHL banned pride jerseys and now pride tape allies of the LGBTQ+ community have spoken out against the NHL. Today this included Boston Bruins' new captain Brad Marchand who called for the league to find common ground between the two sides.

Brad Marchand on the NHL banning Pride tape: "To be pushed to do something you don't want to do or to be banned from [using] something you believe in, there's gotta be a line where we can all have our beliefs & support each other. It's unfortunate we can't find common ground"

Marchand is the most recent in a large number of NHL supporters who are frustrated with the NHL's handling of the Pride Night situations. With the NHL promoting the Hockey Is For Everyone it is great to see some NHL players still trying to fight for the inclusion of everyone.

Will Pride Nights Continue To Be The Same?


While Pride Night has been restricted heavily by the league many players have still said they are going to support the cause any way they can. This includes Scott Laughton of the Philadelphia Flyers who says he still plans to use the pride tape as of now.

Scott Laughton says "you'll probably see me with the pride tape on that night anyway."

"If they want to say something, they can."

As Pride Nights around the NHL begin it will be interesting to see how players are allowed to show their support for causes and if any players will follow Laughton in just wearing the tape anyway. The NHL has to do a better job of making fans from all backgrounds feel welcomed and safe at games especially if they are going to continue under the slogan Hockey Is For Everyone.
October 11   |   48 answers
Brad Marchand Calls Out The League For Pride Ban

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