US Women's Hockey Team may Boycott World Championships in MI

USA Hockey, women's players hold 'productive' talks

USA Hockey, women's players meet in Philadelphia

USA Hockey and several members of the women's hockey team had "productive" talks in a almost eight-hour meeting Monday in Philadelphia.

Attorneys for the women's team call that "patently false".

Almost 20 players and their lawyers met with USA Hockey executives in Philadelphia to discuss "equitable support and fair wages" in a last-ditch effort to reach a deal before the tournament in MI begins on March 31, the team said.

"The players are hopeful they will get to take to the ice and represent their country".

USA Hockey and the women's players are attempting to bring resolution to a wage dispute that the players have threatened to sit out the upcoming World Championships over unless "significant progress is made".

Players have said that if no agreement is reached they will boycott the World Championships, scheduled to start March 31 at the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich. The U.S. has won gold at the last three World Championships and in six of the past seven tournaments. President Jim Smith, executive director Dave Ogrean, treasurer Donna Guariglia and director of women's hockey Reagan Carey represented USA Hockey.

Players are under contract to USA Hockey only during years when the Winter Olympics are held and are seeking a deal that would compensate them during non-Olympic years. USA Hockey has said it is not in the business of employing players but is still hoping the players picked for the world championships are on the ice when it begins. In non-Olympic years, played only receive a stipend from the U.S. Olympic Committee between $700 and $2,000.

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