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Graham Montgomery
March 28, 2024  (9:00)
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Chicago Blackhawks center Connor Bedard waiting for a faceoff
Photo credit: Sportsnet

Chicago Blackhawks Rookie Connor Bedard joined many NHL players today in using pride tape despite the NHL's best efforts to ban the accessory. He was spotted sporting the tape in warmups for the team's pride night.

Bedard uses pride tape for warmups on pride night

The NHL made a huge misstep before the season started when they attempted to ban pride tape. The decision lead to lots of backlash, including from some of the league's most important star players. The ban was quickly reversed after Travis Dermott became the first player to openly use tape in an NHL game. Since then, countless players have followed suit. Connor Bedard became the latest on Tuesday.
Connor Bedard is wearing pride tape in warmups for the #Blackhawks Pride Night 🏳️‍🌈

(Photo: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Many Blackhawks fans were excited to see the rookie celebrating diversity and supporting the LGBTQ community.
#blackhawks connor bedard pride tape 🥳🥳🥳

Bedard was among several Blackhawks players who used pride tape on Tuesday. Nick Foligno and Seth Jones were among the Blackhawks players who used the tape in warmups. Jones spoke as to what the night means to the organization despite the fact that they can't wear specialty jerseys anymore.
"All the players are are still happy that the organization is at least having a Pride Night. We're not wearing the jerseys, but I think it means more than that. I think if everyone believes in it, it's not just about the jersey at the end of the day."

Connor Bedard sporting the Pride tape on his stick during warm-ups. #Blackhawks

The season has certainly been eventful for the Blackhawks rookie. He figures to be the easy favorite for the Calder trophy as rookie of the year considering that he leads all rookies in goals with 21 and points with 56. This is despite missing significant time this season when he broke his jaw.
CONNOR BEDARD STRIKES FIRST!

That's goal #⃣1⃣2⃣ for the @NHLBlackhawks rookie!

Source: Connor Bedard Gets Mixed Reaction To Stance On Pride Movement
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