Following intense discussions and several conflicting press releases regarding compensation and benefits, USA Hockey and members of the U.S. Women's National Hockey Team came to a contract agreement yesterday evening (Tuesday, March 28), ending the team's 14-day walk-out. The team will now come together in Plymouth, Michigan, on Thursday for a quick practice before playing in the IIHF Women's World Championship, starting Friday with a game against Canada at 7:30 p.m. ET.
“Our sport is the big winner today,” said Meghan Duggan, captain of the U.S. Women’s National Team, in a press release posted by USA Hockey. “We stood up for what we thought was right and USA Hockey’s leadership listened. In the end, both sides came together. I’m proud of my teammates and can’t thank everyone who supported us 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.”
Here are some published articles detailing the agreement between the two sides.
- USA Today – U.S. women agree to new deal with USA Hockey; will play at world championships
- ESPN – With deal reached, U.S. women's national hockey team will play at world championships
- New York Times – US Women's Team Strikes a Deal With USA Hockey
- Washington Post – Women’s hockey team, USA Hockey reach agreement, settling pay dispute