The US Women’s National Hockey Team and USA Hockey has finally come to an agreement that will ensure the demanded wage requirement and essential support for the U.S. Women’s National Team over the period of the next four years.
Team members and USA Hockey confirmed the deal Tuesday night, which has sewed up that the defending World Champions will participate in the 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship on home ice.The tournament kicks off Friday, March 31 at USA Hockey Arena in the Detroit suburb of Plymouth, with Team USA pitted against ‘sweet neighbors’ Canada at 7:30 p.m. ET. The matches can be watched live on NHL Network.
“Today [28th March] reflects everyone is coming together and compromising to reach a resolution for the betterment of the sport,” said Jim Smith, president of USA Hockey and Head Coach of Hornets Sled Hockey.
He added, “We’ll now move forward together[for four years] knowing we’ll look back on this day as one of the most positive and formative in the history of USA Hockey.”
While Meghan Duggan, captain of the U.S. Women’s National Team, who helped the USA win six World Championships and silver medals in the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics said that:
“Our sport is the big winner today”
Speaking of the team boycott, Duggan admitted that they stood up for what they thought was right and USA Hockey’s leadership listened, and in the end, both sides came together. She said she is proud of her teammates and can’t thank everyone who supported them enough. It’s time now to turn the page. We can’t wait to play in the World Championship later this week in front of our fans as we try and defend our gold medal.”
Further, she proclaimed that it’s time now to turn the page and the team can’t wait to play in the World Championship later this week in front of their fans as they try and defend their gold medal.
The girls are expected to hold their first official practice on Thursday, March 30 at USA Hockey Arena.