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03 April 2017, 02:47 | Simon Arnold
Thunder Bay's Haley Irwin will serve as an alternate captain for Team Canada's national women's team as they take to the ice for the IIHF Women's World Hockey Championship.
In that way, women's hockey has taken the first step toward following women's soccer, nearly 20 years after the World Cup-winning team led by Mia Hamm, Brianna Scurry, Julie Foudy and Brandi Chastain inspired Granato and her teammates to challenge USA Hockey.
"We got what we thought was fair and what they were providing for the men", Jocelyne said.
The players announced earlier this month that they had asked USA Hockey to address equitable support in the areas of financial compensation, youth team development, equipment, travel expenses, hotel accommodations, meals, staffing, transportation, market and publicity for the women's team.
"I think it was a wakeup call", Poulin said of Friday night's loss.
"Built-up energy", said Megan Keller, who played defense for the USA near her hometown in suburban Detroit. "All the lines are moving the puck well and getting shots on net". "This process has, in the end, made us better". One thing the United States team did very right in their win on Friday was to use combinations of players who had already played together.
Goaltender Nicole Hensley posted an 18-save shutout for the host country and defending champions. The Toronto Furies teammates also played together at Clarkson, where they helped the Golden Knights win the NCAA National Championship in 2014. The coaches threw their hands up, and one member of the coaching staff even did a rapid-fire double-fisted pump.
Germany, which has never finished better than fifth at the tournament and was promoted to the tournament after failing to qualify previous year, stunned Sweden with a 3-1 win on Friday. We're just really struggling right now. Or would they be empowered by the unified successful fight for a new contract that could earn them $70,000 in a non-Olympic year and more than $100,000 during an Olympic year.
"I personally tried this for 13 years", Raty said, of beating Canada, "and there's a player that played since the '90s, so it's an historic win for us". "We were just pressing and pressing and we knew it was going to pop in sooner or later". "We really believe we can beat anyone", he said. We're not asking for more.
Some of the veterans from the US team retired after that game, then changed their mind and came back. "Looking at the way I performed here, that might not seem very tangible right now, but I know the athlete I am, I know how prepared I am and I just didn't skate that way today".
Maybe not, but fair is fair, and if they want the women to represent them on an worldwide stage, then how about a little respect?
Finland beat Canada in women's hockey for the first time with a 4-3 win Saturday at the world hockey championship.
"It's pretty cool that they're taking their stand and we're out here practicing to be like them", Eva Joslin said. One step further is that once they make it to the table, they need to have continual support and mentorship to withstand the inevitable battles they will face. They're now engaging and pressuring Canada in all three zones.
"But I think we were all confident that the folks at the top could manage this and that everybody wanted get to to the same conclusion", he said.
If Finland's upset is good for the women's game, progress just came at the expense of Canada.
The prize money is split on an escalating scale between the top eight teams in the men's tournament. We're definitely giving them an advantage because they play and train full time. "We have to forget about it, but move on and learn from it". Thats the thing about the world championships, everyone is here to win gold.
I had the honour of being the first full-time dedicated staff person focused on the women's game for the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).
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