NHL rescinds ban on rainbow-colored Pride tape, allowing players to use it on the ice this season

Florida Panthers goaltender Alex Lyon (34) warms up while celebrating Pride Night with a colorful hockey stick before playing the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 23 in Sunrise, Fla. The NHL sent a memo to teams last week clarifying what players could and could not do as part of theme nights this season, including Pride celebrations that had become a hot-button issue in hockey. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly confirmed to The Associated Press on Oct. 10, that the league sent the updated memo to teams.(AP Photo/Michael Laughlin, File)

Florida Panthers goaltender Alex Lyon (34) warms up while celebrating Pride Night with a colorful hockey stick before playing the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 23 in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Michael Laughlin, File)

NHL players will be allowed to use Pride tape this season after all with the reversal of a ban that sparked a backlash around hockey and among LGBTQ+ advocates in sports.