'Enough is enough': U.S. women's hockey team plan boycott over low pay


USA Hockey pays the women in the national team program $1,000 per month for a six-month period every Olympic year.

The U.S. women's national hockey team will sit out the 2017 IIHF World Championship due to stalled contract negotiations with USA Hockey, it was announced Wednesday. "We have represented our country with dignity and deserve to be treated with fairness and respect".

The United States Women's National Hockey Team is taking a profound stand against the gender pay gap in sports by boycotting a championship tournament.

The U.S. Women's National Hockey Team - the reigning world champions - won't be defending their title this year.

The athletes, who were scheduled to report to training camp next week, have been embroiled in a yearlong negotiation for equitable treatment they argue is required by the Ted Stevens Amateur Sports Act. If the host country does not participate, USA Hockey will be fined $15,000.

The U.S. women's hockey team announced Wednesday that it will boycott the upcoming world championship tournament on home ice unless there is significant progress in settling a wage dispute with USA Hockey.

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

Combined with the very clear statement the women have made in rebuttal to USA Hockey's attempt to calm things, it seems that this issue is about to become a very, very big deal.

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According to Langel, USA Hockey has told lawyers representing us players that Canadian players are paid by the government, not by Hockey Canada.

Two-time Olympic silver medallist Hilary Knight told the Chicago Tribune that the players were aware of the severity of the issue and the impact their decision might have.

"Out of a four-year cycle, USA Hockey pays for only six months out of an entire four years". Lamoureux-Davidson said players recently received a bonus payment for its December series against Canada.

Their boycott threat is not likely to affect their participation at next year's Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang as they have already qualified, although they could feasibly decide not to travel to the South Korean resort if the impasse with USA Hockey continues. Since then, they have won six of the eight past championships.

Since their announcement, the team has received public support from fans and peers alike - including from their counterparts on the USA women's national soccer team.

It also only addresses payments during an Olympic year, not in the other three years that the women have to train and compete, the team says. They're sacrificing a chance to play in their one big tournament of the year.

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