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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Separate and unequal.
It may be only now that the U.S. National Women’s Hockey Team’s righteous fight for equal opportunity has become part of the public’s consciousness, but the struggle to rectify these anachronistic conditions has been ongoing for a generation.
“I can’t say that I’m aware of the specific details of the talks here or of the timeline, but I know enough to say that they have been trying to settle this for a while before it became public,” the great Cammi Granato, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, the International Hockey Hall of Fame and the captain of the Yanks’ 1998 Olympic Gold Medal-winning team, told Slap Shots on Friday. “And this certainly isn’t something that’s new.
“The year leading up to the 2002 Olympics [at Salt Lake City], our group tried to sit down with [USA Hockey] about these same issues. We had no luck. During that time we had a summit with our soccer team, they had also won a gold, we spent a lot of time with each other, we really bonded and we were interested in the same issues.”
That soccer team, of course, became known as the “ ’99ers” — the women featuring Mia Hamm, Brandi Chastain and Julie Foudy who captured the country’s imagination and the World Cup while playing in front of nearly 79,000 fans at Giants Stadium and almost 100,000 at the Rose Bowl in the tournament that changed the course of women’s soccer in the United States.
Day One is a Players’ Tribune series where athletes sit down with the people who’ve been in their life since the beginning, and discuss their journey. This installment features siblings Tony and Cammi Granato. Tony played in the NHL for 13 seasons with the Rangers, Kings and Sharks. Cammi won the gold medal with the U.S. Women’s Hockey Team at the ’98 Winter Olympics, and a silver medal in 2002. She’s a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
I clearly remember this one moment: I was at a Chicago Blackhawks game with my father at the Madhouse on Madison. I was maybe five years old. This was 1970. And I was leafing through the gameday program when I got to the Blackhawks roster. It had the birthplaces listed for all the players. I turned to my dad in complete disbelief. “All these guys are from Canada?” I said. I was so mad. I didn’t understand why all the players weren’t from Chicago. In my mind, Stan Mikita was just a guy from my town. I went down the list and it was Canada, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Canada, Canada. Nobody was born in the USA. So I told my father, “Well, I’m going to be the first one.”
from Craig Stancher of ColoradoAvalanche.com,
On Thursday, four pioneers of American hockey will be recognized by the Colorado Avalanche before the club drops the puck against the Boston Bruins.
Cammi Granato, Brett Hull, Brian Leetch and Mike Richter will be honored by the Avs prior to faceoff as part of the team’s opening night festivities. The following night, the four will be enshrined into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame as the Class of 2008 in a ceremony on the campus of the University of Denver.
Cammi Granato, Brett Hull, Brian Leetch and Mike Richter will be enshrined into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame as the Class of 2008 it was announced today by USA Hockey.
The quartet will be formally inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in Denver at an induction dinner set for 7 p.m. (MT) on Friday, Oct. 10, at Magness Arena on the campus of the University of Denver. The following evening—Sat., Oct. 11—the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game will take place in the same venue, when the University of Denver men’s ice hockey team takes on the University of Notre Dame at 7:07 p.m.