U.S. women's ice hockey team to boycott world championship over wage issues

As a result of the U.S. Women's National Hockey Team boycotting this year's championship, USA Hockey must pay $15,000 in fines. "We have represented our country with dignity and deserve to be treated with fairness and respect".

USA, the reigning world champions, say they have been consistently rebuffed in their efforts to receive a fair and just pay offer from USA Hockey, so they won't be reporting to training camp next Wednesday unless a deal is struck.

The world championships is the biggest showcase for women's hockey outside of the Winter Olympics, and the United States is hosting the event in Plymouth, Michigan beginning on March 31.

Their boycott is on the basis of the Ted Stevens Amateur Sports Act, which requires USA Hockey to "provide equitable support and encouragement for participation by women where separate programs for male and female athletes are conducted on a national basis". For the rest of the time between Olympics, USA Hockey pays them "virtually nothing", the statement says, "despite its expectation that in each of the non-Olympic years, the players train full time and compete throughout the year, including in the World Championships".

They have asked for improvements in compensation, youth team development, equipment, staffing, travel expenses and other areas.

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The United States Women's National Team made one hell of a statement today demanding equity and fair treatment from USA Hockey.

"In making these requests, we are simply asking for USA Hockey to comply with the law".

In an embarrassing and widely mocked moment, one high school team even beat the US women.

Players on the men's national team can also play on the NHL - where the minimum salary is more than half a million dollars.

"We want to play", Duggan said.

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The response confirmed that the USA Hockey statement made no mention of the World Championship years, and failed to address the discrepancies in marketing and training support.

It's not the first time a USA women's team has raised the issue of unequal treatment.

"An incredible stand by U.S. women's hockey team", another said.

The Americans have won gold in six of the last seven Women's World Championships. If you need reminding, the 2014 men's team failed to medal that year, while the women took home silver after a heartbreaking loss to Team Canada in of the best hockey games ever played. They're sacrificing a chance to play in their one big tournament of the year.

Assistant captain Monique Lamoureux-Morando said: "It's hard to believe that, in 2017, we still have to fight so hard for basic equitable support". "This is a hard thing for us, but we're united and proud and happy to do it".

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