USA Hockey takes another wrong turn in talks with women's team
Fielding replacement players during labor disputes has shown to be a futile negotiating tactic. But that's another lesson lost on USA Hockey in its bungled talks with its women's national team.
After threatening for nearly a month to send a backup team to the world championships if the U.S. women’s team held fast on its decision to boycott the tournament in Michigan next week because of unmet demands for a new contract and more equitable treatment, USA Hockey scrambled over the past three days to muster a substitute team.
And the response the federation received by its self-imposed Friday 5 p.m. deadline was exactly what the national team players warned it would be: lousy and embarrassing.
So far, no player contacted via the form-letter email USA Hockey sent out Wednesday has publicly stepped forward to say, yes, that she would defy the players’ boycott and be available to play.