Wage Deal Averts Threatened Boycott By US Women's Hockey Team
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 30, 2017,
Mar 30, 2017, 9:00
According to multiple reports the players were set to vote on the tentative agreement on Tuesday.
Scanlan said he supported the national team's decision to boycott but when USA Hockey contacted his players he told them it was their decision to make. While player reps have not made any numbers public, they have asked for a "livable wage".
"Our sport is the big victor today", said Meghan Duggan, captain of the US team, announcing the deal.
Meghan Duggan wears the "C" on her US women's national hockey team jersey, a letter that symbolizes that she is the captain, the unchallenged leader of her team. And while the lockouts by the National Basketball Association in 2011 and the NHL in 2013 happened in the social media age, they came before activism of both the real and hashtag varieties became a major part of modern American life.
Negotiations, ongoing for upward of 15 months, had turned contentious, and the players announced March 15 they would not participate in the upcoming tournament if USA Hockey did not accommodate their requests.
USA Hockey representatives and lawyers for the players were in Philadelphia on Monday trying to hammer out a deal that would avoid the defending world champion women's team from skipping the world championships.
"I'm glad we could come together and reach an agreement that will have a positive and lasting impact", Team USA forward Hilary Knight said. The deal includes the formation of a Women's High Performance Advisory Group that will contain former and current members of the women's national team.
The letter to USA Hockey builds on Leahy's record of pushing for equal treatment for women athletes.
"This is going to help generations of women athletes that come after us in other sports, not just women's hockey".
The US women's hockey team knows blowout victories.
The MLBPA encouraged all female hockey players to stand united behind their national team colleagues.
That American men standouts like Patrick Kane or Ryan Suter got to travel business class to worldwide tournaments while women like Brianna Decker and Megan Bozek traveled in coach says a lot about the inequality in the organization before this agreement. Among other issues, the women note that USA Hockey expects female players to "train full time and compete throughout the year", yet pays them only $6,000 every four years, an amount that would put them far below the poverty line.
With America's women ice hockey players threatening a World Championships boycott, 14 United States senators have written to USA Hockey urging them to treat the women's national team fairly. In Olympic years, there will also be the potential for the women's team to earn an additional bonus for medalling - $37,500 for gold, $22,5000 for silver and $15,000 for bronze.
USA Hockey announced Tuesday night it still "anticipates staging a training camp", which was scheduled to run through March 28 in Traverse City, Mich.
This news comes just a few days removed from the possible men's national team boycott of its World Championships in May.
"It's time now to turn the page", Duggan said. "We're excited we were able to reach a compromise and now we will have the chance to defend our world championship later this week". Czech Republic; 7:30 p.m., US vs. Finland.
It is expected that players will go to Plymouth for a practice on Thursday.
Other games in the preliminary round involving the USA are 3:30 p.m. Saturday against Russian Federation and 7:30 p.m. April 3 against Finland.