The U.S. women's national hockey team and USA Hockey both released statements after the two parties met Monday for over 10 hours to discuss fair wage and support issues. Both said the day's events were productive and talks are set to continue in the coming days.
Here's the team's statement:
Today, nearly 20 players from the U.S. Women's National Hockey Team and their Ballard Spahr lawyers met with USA Hockey to negotiate equitable support and fair wages. The discussions were productive and will continue this week, with the goal of reaching an agreement that would allow the players to get to camp in time to train for and compete in the World Championships. The players are hopeful they will get to take to the ice and represent their country. They would like to again thank their fans for their support throughout this process.
And USA Hockey's:
We had productive meetings today with players that are part of the U.S. Women's National Team program and their representatives, and conversations will continue this week. Our goal remains to have the players we previously announced as the U.S. Women's National Team be the group that represents our country at the upcoming 2017 IIHF Women's World Championship.
The world championship is set to begin March 31 in Plymouth, Mich.
Last week, the team announced its boycott due to inequitable wages and a lack of support from USA Hockey.
"We are asking for a living wage and for USA Hockey to fully support its programs for women and girls and stop treating us like an afterthought," Meghan Duggan, who captained last year's squad at the tournament, said.
"We have represented our country with dignity and deserve to be treated with fairness and respect."