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USA Hockey, women’s players, have ‘productive’ talks, still hope to field World Championship team

USA Hockey and several members of the women’s hockey team had “productive” talks in a nearly eight-hour meeting Monday in Philadelphia.

According to USA Today’s A.J. Perez, the women’s players called Monday’s talks “productive”, with each side aiming for a resolution by the World Championships, which are set to begin March 31 in Plymouth, Mich. Perez also noted that talks between the two sides are set to continue this week.

USA Hockey and the women’s players are attempting to bring resolution to a wage dispute that the players have threatened to sit out the upcoming World Championships over unless “significant progress is made.”

The players also issued a statement, saying, “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.”

The women have claimed that USA Hockey pays them nothing outside the Olympic period and $1,000 a month for the six months leading up to the Games. They are seeking a deal that will pay them outside of that period, while USA Hockey has said it is not in the business of employing players.

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The team’s training camp was initially set to begin Tuesday. The U.S. is the defending champion and has won six of the past eight world championships.

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