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The Battle Between USA Hockey And The U.S. Women’s National Team

from Rachel Brady of the Globe and Mail,

Members of the U.S. women’s national hockey team didn’t flinch on Thursday when USA Hockey gave them a deadline to commit to playing in the coming world championship.

The women stood together as one and allowed USA Hockey’s 5 p.m. ET deadline to pass. The players, who are being represented pro bono by a Philadelphia law firm, say they won’t play, citing more than a year of stalled negotiations with USA Hockey to secure fair wages and support.

The biggest event of the year on the women’s hockey calendar is set for March 31 to April 7 in Plymouth, Mich., but the reigning champs say they won’t show unless there is progress in the discussions with the U.S. governing body. USA Hockey has said it still intends to assemble a competitive team for the tournament.

“We’ve communicated with all the groups who they might possibly get to replace us – women who play in the world university games, those from our U-18 team, the U-22 and the National Women’s Hockey League,” said U.S. star Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, a two-time Olympic silver medalist with Team USA and a five-time champion. “They all have expressed a lot of support for us. I don’t think many young women are going to want to play for that team, not ones who dream of a future with Team USA. How do you think that would set up a young player to be accepted by the team?”


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TreKronor's avatar

I don’t think many young women are going to want to play for that team, not ones who dream of a future with Team USA. How do you think that would set up a young player to be accepted by the team?”

Great. So now they are going to bully the replacements who have a shot at the team now?

Posted by TreKronor on 03/17/17 at 09:35 AM ET


That’s what unions do, tk. The difference he is that there is significant unfair disparity

Posted by teldar on 03/17/17 at 10:00 AM ET

Primis's avatar

Not a good look for the players.  This seems to be going south for them quickly…

Posted by Primis on 03/17/17 at 10:02 AM ET

Primis's avatar

“What it comes down to is that USA Hockey is unwilling to talk about that time period outside the six-month pre-Olympic training period,” said Dee Spagnuolo, a lawyer representing the players from the firm Ballard Spahr LLP.


Oh my god, they’re not even trying to hide it now, what it’ actually all about?

So basically the players have decided that growing their game slowly to get the professional club wages they want is too difficult…. and decided to try and rough up the national team instead to get their money?  I mean, that subtext has been there from the start, but to actually come out and publicly SAY it…  Jesus.

So no, this is nothing about “equality”, and never was.  This was about all the women being upset with their low club wages and then the top-end fraction of them deciding to go try and get their money somewhere else from another source.

The other subtle implication here is that if you’re a women’s pro club player, but not on Team USA… f*** you, you’re not worth anything and they’re not fighting for you.  Because this does *nothign* to help the issue to low pay for club play.  That’s your problem.  So long as the national team players can get theirs, the rest can burn, I guess?

God… who advised them on this?  It was very, very bad advice.

Posted by Primis on 03/17/17 at 10:12 AM ET

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Posted by Primis on 03/17/17 at 11:12 AM ET

It appears to me that the women’s hockey players are trying to get the same sort of sweetheart deal the USWNT have. One where they are national team players first (and US Hockey pays their wages) and are loaned to club teams to play between international competitions.

Posted by Tripwire32 from Kay He Mar Heart on 03/17/17 at 11:57 AM ET

Paul's avatar

Today’s update….

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—USA Hockey today issued a document that addresses many of the issues surrounding the on-going dialogue with representatives of the U.S. Women’s National Team. It can be found here.

“We remain committed to having the players that were selected to represent the U.S. in the upcoming women’s world championship to be the players that are on the ice when the tournament begins,” said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey.

USA Hockey is contacting legal representatives of the players to have further conversations in an attempt to resolve the matter.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/17/17 at 04:58 PM ET

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