USA Hockey begins contacting potential women's replacements

Posted March 28, 2017

If this boycott does come to pass, that could be a key part of forcing USA Hockey to at least partially accede to the women's demands. National officials have said they will seek to field an alternate team if the situation is not resolved. "The remaining three and a half years, USA Hockey pays the players virtually nothing". The women's team has dominated at the World Championship, having won seven of the last nine, in addition to never having not medaled while a member of the Olympic Games. The NHLPA panned USA Hockey's bid to stock the team with replacements, adding it "would only serve to make relations, now and in the future, much worse".

Despite the debate raging across the river in the U.S., Small said Canada's team will play their best because the quickest way to earn respect from fans is to show them they take the game seriously. The women's national team hasn't. "It's a tight-knit community that we have in women's hockey here". Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), wrote in the letter addressed to USA Hockey Executive Director Dave Ogrean.

The rift now resides between the women's team and the USA Hockey federation. The NBPA said in a statement it "stands in solidarity with the efforts by the U.S. Women's Hockey Team to secure fair and just treatment for its players".

"It's not just about my family and my friends that supported me throughout my career".

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"Word circulating among NHL players that American players will refuse to play in men's World Championships in solidarity with the women", prominent hockey agent Allan Walsh tweeted on Sunday.

U.S. Democrats' liberal firebrand, Senator Elizabeth Warren of MA, was among those who signed a letter saying USA Hockey is required by law to "provide equitable support and encouragement for participation by women where separate programs for male and female athletes are conducted on a national basis".

Brittany Ott, a goaltender for the Boston Pride of the National Women's Hockey League, and Annie Pankowski, a junior forward at the University of Wisconsin, said the email from USA Hockey was not an invitation but rather an inquiry about their availability.

CNN Money reported that USA Hockey covers paid transportation for guests, and those guests are allowed to stay at the players' hotel for IIHF events -- like the World Championships -- and receive meals and game tickets. That, of course, would be a critical blow for USA Hockey. The women's team is in the process of negotiating a four-year contract with USA Hockey that includes "appropriate compensation". As the World Championships approach, however, the dispute is intensifying, as is the news coverage.