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US Women Boycotting Hockey World Championship in Wage Dispute

A lawyer for the US women's hockey team says athletes receive $1,000 a month and little else, and are expected to train year-round.

by Patrick Sauer
Mar 15 2017, 4:33pm

The  International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship is set to drop the puck, for the first time ever, at the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan, on March 31. The United States is slated to take on their arch-rivals from  Canada on opening night at 7:30.

Fans looking to give the Americans a distinct home-ice advantage should probably lay off buying those tickets just yet, though. As of Wednesday, the game will be missing a key ingredient—namely, the U.S. women's hockey team.  Seth Berkman has the story for the New York Times :

" Members of the United States women's national team have decided to sit out the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship this month, after negotiations for an increase in wages and support from USA Hockey stalled.

'We are asking for a living wage and for USA Hockey to fully support its programs for women and girls and stop treating us like an afterthought,' the team captain, Meghan Duggan, said in a statement. 'We have represented our country with dignity and deserve to be treated with fairness and respect
.'"

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