Their current stipend is $6000 over four years, which is.inadequate for even keeping a year or two's worth of hockey equipment up to date, let alone get players to where they need to go to represent their country over four years, of which United States of America hockey DOES cover for the men, among a host of other things they get and the women don't. I just play for fun now. Whatever team USA Hockey might field instead - if it can field a team - would have no more than 48 hours to practice and prepare for as many as five games over the next eight days.
USA Hockey announced Thursday that it would reach out to replacement players, and Friday dozens shared on social media that they had turned down the offer to replace the 23 players who have vowed to boycott the World Championship in an effort to garner better wages and other support for the team.
The MLBPA encouraged all female hockey players to stand united behind their national team colleagues.
What kind of support has the women's team received?
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Brittany Ott, a goaltender for the Boston Pride of the National Women's Hockey League, and Annie Pankowski, a junior forward at the University of Wisconsin, said the email from USA Hockey was not an invitation but rather an inquiry about their availability. The men's team joining in the boycott would only further damage a reputation that hasn't been helped by debacles like this situation and the poor showing at the World Cup of Hockey a year ago.
Yet as hard as things look for the USA Hockey's efforts to make sure the tournament goes on, the boycotting players are facing great uncertainty too by refusing Thursday's counteroffer.
"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", U.S. women's national team captain Meghan Duggan said in a statement issued by the lawyers representing the team. So how will the 91 voting members of USA Hockey weigh in? This "inequitable support for equipment, staff, meals, travel expenses, transportation, and publicity" is apparent at younger levels of the sport as well: while USA Hockey spends $3.5 million to support male youth athletes in its National Team Development Program, there is no parallel development program for women. As the World Championships approach, however, the dispute is intensifying, as is the news coverage. The women's team has dominated at the World Championship, having won seven of the last nine, in addition to never having not medaled while a member of the Olympic Games. The senators, all Democrats, urged David Ogrean to resolve the matter and ensure the team receives "equitable resources".