Seth Berkman writes, "Members of the United States women's national team have decided to sit out the International Ice Hockey Federation world champioinship this month, after negotiations for an increase in wages and support from U.S.A. Hockey stalled.
'We are asking for a living wage and for U.S.A. Hockey to fully support its programs for women and girls and stop treating us like an afterthought,' the team captain, Meghan Duggan, said in a statement. 'We have represented our country with dignity and deserve to be treated with fairness and respect.'
The eight-team world championship begins March 31 in Plymouth, Mich., the new home of U.S.A. Hockey's development program. The Americans' absence would be a dmaging public relations blow to U.S.A. Hockey, the sport's national governing body."