USA Hockey and the women's national team say their marathon meeting Monday was productive and they hope to have an agreement this week that will end their ongoing wage dispute and avoid a boycott of the upcoming world championships. Players announced last week they'd boycott the upcoming world championships in Plymouth, Michigan, unless significant progress was made toward a labor agreement. USA Hockey and players released statements Monday night saying they hoped a deal would be reached in time for the tournament, which begins March 31.
Top executives from USA Hockey will meet representatives of the women's national team to discuss a wage dispute that could lead to players boycotting the upcoming world championships. John Langel, a lawyer for the players, told The Associated Press on Sunday that they'll meet with USA Hockey officials in Philadelphia on Monday, two days before the scheduled start of training camp. USA Hockey spokesman Dave Fischer confirmed that the meeting would take place.
Women players are calling USA Hockey's characterization of their wage demands ''patently false'' after the organization stated it would exceed $8 million in an Olympic year and $5.7 million in a non-Olympic year. USA Hockey posted compensation estimates on its website Friday and said it would contact players' lawyers in an effort to resolve the ongoing labor dispute. Players have threatened to boycott the upcoming world championships on home ice unless significant progress is made toward a new contract after 14 months of negotiations.