On Sunday, the reports circulated that in order to show support for the women’s hockey team, U.S. men’s national team could boycott the World Championship.
Two days after the NHL Players Association released a statement supporting the women, Allan Walsh, the Octagon Hockey agent tweeted the news:
The U.S. women’s national hockey team has been battling over the last few weeks with USA Hockey on the right to fair wages and equitable support.
In mid-March, the women announced their boycott from the 2017 IIHF World Championship in Plymouth, Mich in hopes to get their rights.
Since then, USA Hockey is looking for replacements for the U.S. women’s team. They are now reaching out to kids to compete against professional hockey players in just a few days time.
But the solidarity across women hockey players is still staunch. The NWHL, one of two professional women’s hockey leagues in North America said,
“They stand by the players.”
Professional and amateur hockey players have stood together against USA Hockey, showing the incredible support.
Now, the U.S. men’s team, including NBPA and NFLPA, would be the latest in that group.
The organization is however still silent on the issue.