Cale Makar Takes a Stand Against Gary Bettman

Published October 24, 2023 at 11:58

Of of the NHL's most renowned player, Cale Makar, has reacted to Gary Bettman's move to cease pride and other theme-based nights.

Makar Questions the NHL's Stance


Here's what was reported:

"Asked about the NHL's choice to ban Pride tape, star Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar called it an "interesting decision."

"We're put in tough positions as athletes," Makar said. "When one individual kind of goes astray, it looks bad on the whole community. For us — 99 percent of the guys in the league — it's all about growing the game and making sure it's inclusive for every single person. I get what the NHL is trying to do. They're trying to eliminate individual thinking and help the league in terms of not putting any one guy in that spot.

"At the same time, we live in a world where it needs to be inclusive for everybody. As an individual, with my point of view, I'm here to make the game as inclusive as possible. Whether it's doing different theme nights — military, Pride night — I think everything has a special meaning, regardless of whom it's for."

Makar's Message


Makar's stance is clear: The majority of players are dedicated to promoting inclusivity. Yet, the actions or beliefs of a single player can overshadow the collective efforts.

Is it pivotal to have themed nights to promote inclusivity? No. But if the NHL holds back, the players should have the autonomy to lead.

The choice of tape color might be peripheral for the League, but for many, it symbolizes an embrace of diversity and the first step to create a safe space.

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