United States women agree to deal, end hockey boycott
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 31, 2017,
Mar 31, 2017, 6:25
In addition to the Senators, players' unions from almost all of the major national men's sports teams as well as the U.S. Men's National Hockey team have voiced their support for the women's team, with the men's team reportedly threatening to boycott their own World Championship game in solidarity with the women's team.
In addition to funds for the players, USA Hockey says the agreement includes the formation of a Women's High Performance Advisory Group of former and current players from the National Team. Elizabeth Warren, wrote a letter in support of the US women's team and called on USA Hockey to come to an equitable agreement. The 23 players on the national team achieved groundbreaking improvement, thanks to their historic stand. The players were expected to vote around noon ET on the agreement, although ratification was delayed over some issues with the language of the agreement, according to the person.
"Our sport is the big victor today", US captain Meghan Duggan said in a press release.
They held firm, knowing this was their one shot to harness a groundswell of public support and the flawless timing that made USA Hockey vulnerable to stand up for what they felt was long overdue. The group's goal is to advance girls' and women's hockey programing, marketing, promotion and fundraising to augment existing grassroots programs.
Players will also receive Olympic medal bonuses from both USA Hockey and the USOC for the winning an Olympic medal in the upcoming winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea in 2018.
USA Hockey pays for some transportation for guests of men's players at their IIHF World Championship, and they fly business class. That is why the strike of the US women's ice hockey team before the upcoming World Championships in MI matters so much for the future of their sport.
The accusations against USA Hockey have ranged from failing to pay players adequately, to refusing to recognize their 1998 gold medal on the 2014 Olympic team's jersey. Negotiations stalled during the day, but Kevin Allen of USA Today confirmed Tuesday evening that the sides reached a deal. The veterans on the team know this deal is not necessarily going to impact us the most, it's going to impact the younger generation.
Two Connecticut Whale players were selected to play on the United States' world championship team - forward Kelli Stack and rookie forward Haley Skarupa.
The boycott centered on a lack of financial support for the women's team.
The players and USA Hockey came to an agreement Tuesday night, a four-year pact to settle the dispute that the women's team made public last week.
But USA Hockey had argued that it is their responsibility to provide support for athletes as they prepare for competitions and that they are not in the job of employing players. "This process has, in the end, made us better". USA Hockey had better get the message.
Beyond wages, the USA women's team indicates that the resources with which U.S.A. Hockey provides them are vastly different from those of the men's team.
USA Hockey has responded to the women's boycott by threatening to send a replacement team to the world championship, even contacting college players, but the team has received outspoken support from other professional sporting organizations. The women's team is requesting a "living wage" from U.S.A. Hockey along with compensation that is equitable to that of the men's team. Its time now to turn the page.