USA Hockey offers update on dispute with women's national team

High schoolers are among the potential replacements USA Hockey has reached out to as it tries to fill a roster for the World Championship.

The ongoing dispute between USA Hockey and the women's national team doesn't appear to be near a solution.

In a detailed news release distributed Friday, USA Hockey revealedthe financial terms that have halted negotiations and caused the women's team to boycottthe upcoming world championships.

According to the release, the women's team is seeking compensation as highas $237,000 per playerin an Olympic yearand $149,000 in a non-Olympic year, in addition tooperational expenses of the team. However, USA Today reportedthose figures were challenged by the women's team as playersaccused USA Hockey ofproviding"patently false information."

"We're disappointed with USAH's response," forward Hilary Knight told USA Todayin a text message Friday."Again offering numbers that are dishonest and misrepresented — actually somewhat confusing. We stand strong in our resolve to fight for equitable support."

The women's teamannounced Wednesday it will not play in theIIHF World Championship beginningMarch 31 in Plymouth, Mich.,after an unsuccessful attempt tosecure what it deems fair wages and support. USA Hockeyrespondedlater Wednesday, saying it "supports the equitable treatment of our female athletes."

Despite players refusing tocommit to playing in the tournament by the deadline set for 5 p.m. ET on Thursday by USA Hockey, the organization remains optimistic an agreement can be reached by the end of the month.

"We remain committed to having the players that were selected to represent the U.S. in the upcoming women’s world championship to be the players that are on the ice when the tournament begins,"Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey, said in a statement Friday.

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