Women's national team is voting on a deal with USA Hockey
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 04, 2017,
Apr 04, 2017, 22:24
The United States women's national team and USA Hockey reached an agreement on a groundbreaking compensation package on Tuesday, averting a boycott before this weekend's IIHF World Championship.
USA Hockey president Jim Smith said people will look back on this day "as one of the most positive in the history" of the organization.
Connecticut's Kelli Stack (61) and her US national team teammates will be playing at the world championships beginning Friday after agreeing to a new four-year deal with USA Hockey.
The women's team had vowed to sit out the upcoming International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship games unless it reached a deal with USA Hockey.
The news, which was first picked up late Tuesday morning, revealed that the US women's team had yet to vote on the deal, but that there was "great optimism" they'd reach a conclusion.
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"I'm proud of my teammates and can't thank everyone who supported us enough", Duggan said. Its time now to turn the page.
The US women's ice hockey team have called off a boycott of their home world championships - just two days before the event is due to start. Not all players who tweeted that message were asked by USA Hockey if they could play. They also pointed to insufficient support for travel and marketing, and what they saw as USA Hockey's disparate support for men's and women's hockey at the development level: While USA Hockey spends $3.5 million annually on its national team program for boys, they said, girls receive no "comparable" support.
The women's team is now locked in a yearlong negotiation with USA Hockey over fair wages.
Yesterday, 14 US senators, including Sen.
The boycott centered on a lack of financial support for the women's team.
Both USA Hockey and the players claimed progress had been made but no agreement was reached.
The technicalities of the dispute involved the players asking for a four-year contract that paid them outside the six-month Olympic period every four years. Talks hit a roadblock twice in the last week, including on Tuesday, when the women's team appeared close to ratifying a deal before pulling back due to contractual language they deemed unacceptable.
Players were under contract to USA Hockey only during years when the Winter Games are held and were seeking a deal that would compensate them during non-Olympic years.
One of the frustrations that built up to the boiling point that became this boycott was the perception among numerous women players that USA Hockey didn't do an effective job marketing and promoting their sport.
The agreement means the USA will defend its title at the global tournament in Plymouth, Mich., with its best talent on the ice.
"The pride in this invitation in this scenario is in the refusal, it's not about putting the team U.S. jersey on, the pride in it is saying no I'm not going to go play", said Lamoureux-Davidson.
USA Hockey is based in Colorado Springs and is responsible for selecting and training teams for global competition.
Ahead of Monday's vote, over a dozen US senators - including Elizabeth Warren - signed a letter to USA Hockey's Executive Director Dave Ogrean, urging the organization to provide "equitable support" to the women's team.