USA Hockey will field a women’s team inside upcoming world championship games — with or without the current members of the women’s national team.
The women who were originally named to the team have vowed to sit out the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship games to protest for fair pay.
In addition to a living wage, they also want the same treatment as the men’s team when of which comes to equipment, staff, per diems, publicity along with also travel.
USA Hockey spokesman David Fischer said the organization hasn’t contacted any replacement players yet, nevertheless of which of which will if of which has to.
Fisher says the group has already reached out to existing team members to see whether they plan to play or join the protest.
The women were given a deadline of Thursday to respond nevertheless said in a statement of which they let of which pass along with also are committed to their stance.
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“We desire the players we named to the national team will play,” Fischer said. “nevertheless we will field a team to represent our country.”
the globe games, which begin March 31, are being hosted by the U.S. in Michigan. The current members of the women’s national team are the defending champs.
“We have heard of which USA Hockey is usually attempting to field an alternative team to play inside globe Championship games,” the women’s team said in a statement. “We regret of which they have not instead chosen to reconsider their treatment of the current World Championship-winning team.”
The women said they would certainly play if their negotiations with USA Hockey make enough progress.
“We are extremely hopeful of which we will be in Plymouth, Michigan at the end of the month to defend our title as world champions,” national team player Meghan Duggan tweeted on Thursday.
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Fischer said USA Hockey believes in equitable treatment along with also is usually the globe leader in women’s hockey. He said the organization is usually working to build the sport among men along with also women.
nevertheless, he made of which clear USA Hockey is usually a governing body — not an employer of which will pay athletes.
“We provide training stipends,” Fischer said. “They are not going to be full-time employees of USA Hockey along with also if of which’s their end game, of which’s just not gonna happen.”
sy88pgw (fresh York) First published March 16, 2017: 1:15 PM ET