USA Hockey disputes wage claims presented by women's team
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Mar 18, 2017,
Mar 18, 2017, 8:17
In its update, the organization wrote: "From the outset, USA Hockey has been clear it will not employ players; however, that does not mean USA Hockey is opposed to a yearly agreement which outlines allocation of direct athlete support and other training resources that USA Hockey is willing to provide to players".
"We get paid for six months out of a four-year span", said Lamoureux-Davidson, who recently received a check for December Series games against Canada.
"We don't know where some of those numbers came from", Lamoureux-Davidson said by phone Friday night.
"USA Hockey has our proposal, and we're available if they want to get back to us".
"We have heard that USA Hockey is attempting to field an alternative team to play in the world championship games", the players said. USA Hockey's response this time only appears to have strengthened the players' resolve.
Youth team development also is important, not only because that should be high on USA Hockey's priorities list anyway, but because it shows something you've come to expect if you've spent any time paying attention to top-level female athletes: a commitment to grow their game for future generations.
Soccer offers lucrative global competitions in non-Olympic years, and U.S. Soccer for years has paid both its men's and women's national team members (albeit paying the men more).
During the 2015-16 fiscal year, USA Hockey had $42.37 million in revenue - a large portion coming from membership fees, which accounted for $26.5 million, according to audited financial statements posted on its website.
"I talked with a handful today and they said they're on board and behind us and thanked us for what we're doing", Knight said.
MEMBERS of the United States women's hockey team are willing to give up the chance to defend their world championship gold medal on home ice unless there is significant progress in settling a wage dispute that has dragged on for months.
"You can't really say, 'Well, what do they get?' Because the National Hockey League guys get paid millions of dollars", Lamoureux-Davidson said.
Executive director Dave Ogrean said the organization remains committed to having the players selected for the tournament when it begins March 31 in Plymouth, Michigan.
"It's hard to believe that, in 2017, we still have to fight so hard for basic equitable support", said assistant captain Monique Lamoureux-Morando.
The players are seeking upgrades that include a raise in compensation that would better assist them with living wages; now, USA Hockey provides only $1,000 per month during the six-month Olympic residency period every four years.
USA Hockey, the governing body of the sport in the U.S. has downplayed the boycott.
"Not just in hockey - this is a statement for women athletes", CT coach Heather Linstad said. "We have represented our country with dignity and deserve to be treated with fairness and respect". "But it's been 14 months and we haven't seen progress, so if there's progress within the next week and a half, we'll see".
Lamoureux-Davidson said that won't be easy since the national team members have been in touch with their potential replacements. The women's players have pointed out the USOC gives bonuses to medal winners in all sports, not just to them, but unlike some federations, USA Hockey has never supplemented those bonuses for their medal wins.