National Post (National Edition) - - SPORTS -

Two weeks ago, when it looked like the U.S. women’s na­tional team was boy­cotting the World Hockey Cham­pi­onship, the prob­lem wasn’t just that fans stopped buy­ing tick­ets.

It was that the ones that pre­vi­ously had bought tick­ets were now ask­ing for re­funds.

That quickly changed on Tues­day night. Ac­cord­ing to tour­na­ment or­ga­niz­ers, in­ter­est sparked sig­nif­i­cantly once the U.S. women’s team struck a four-year agree­ment with USA Hockey.

There are still tick­ets avail­able for the U.S.-Canada game on Fri­day night, but the sense is that, be­cause of the buzz gen­er­ated from the boy­cott threat, this could be one of the best-at­tended women’s world hockey cham­pi­onships.

“Hon­estly, as hockey play­ers, you ob­vi­ously want to play against the best play­ers and the best coun­tries,” said Canada goalie Shan­non Sz­aba­dos.

“For us, we’re ex­cited that they’re here.”

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