Wage dispute involving US women’s hockey team escalating – Chicago Tribune

The sides are digging in in the battle between the U.S. women’s national hockey team and USA Hockey and another salvo was fired Thursday.

Team USA announced Wednesday that it will boycott the upcoming International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship unless it receives what it considers fair wages and equitable support from the organization.

USA Hockey responded later in the day with a statement that, in part, read, “USA Hockey remains committed to continuing dialogue and will field a competitive team for the upcoming 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship in Plymouth, Michigan.”

On Thursday, Team USA issued another statement saying that it has learned USA Hockey is seeking a replacement team to participate in the tournament that is scheduled to begin March 31 in Plymouth, Mich. The U.S. is the defending champion.

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