USA Hockey, women’s play­ers to meet

Imperial Valley Press - - SPORTS - BY STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer

USA Hockey and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the women’s na­tional team will meet Mon­day to dis­cuss a wage dis­pute that could lead to play­ers boy­cotting the up­com­ing world cham­pi­onships.

John Lan­gel, a lawyer for the play­ers, tells The As­so­ci­ated Press that they’ll meet with USA Hockey of­fi­cials in Philadel­phia two days be­fore the sched­uled start of training camp. Play­ers an­nounced Wed­nes­day they’d boy­cott camp and the tour­na­ment un­less sig­nif­i­cant progress is made in ne­go­ti­a­tions on what they hope is a four-year con­tract.

The In­ter­na­tional Ice Hockey Fed­er­a­tion Women’s World Cham­pi­onship be­gins March 31 in Ply­mouth, Michi­gan. The U.S. is the de­fend­ing cham­pion and has won six of the past eight world cham­pi­onships.

USA Hockey and play­ers traded barbs Fri­day over de­mands but agreed to meet to fur­ther dis­cus­sions.

Play­ers are seeking a deal that pays them out­side the six-month Olympic pe­riod. 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.

Stand­out for­ward Hi­lary Knight, who is ex­pected to at­tend the meet­ing after play­ing in the Na­tional Women’s Hockey League fi­nal Sun­day, said Fri­day that it was her hope that USA Hockey would “reach out to our lawyers and present some­thing that’s worth sit­ting down to the ta­ble for.”

After play­ers called num­bers re­leased by USA Hockey “patently false,” fel­low star Jo­ce­lyne Lamoureux-David­son said, “I just think they need to come to the ta­ble and let’s talk about it.”

Play­ers have said USA Hockey pays them noth­ing out­side the Olympic pe­riod and $1,000 a month for the six months lead­ing up to the Games.

Knight, Lamoureux-David­son and twin sis­ter Monique Lamoureux-Mo­rando, captain Meghan Dug­gan, Kacey Bel­lamy and Ken­dal Coyne are sched­uled to take part in the meet­ing on the play­ers’ side. A USA Hockey spokesman did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to a re­quest for who will rep­re­sent the or­ga­ni­za­tion at the meet­ing Mon­day.

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