| July 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

IIHF Women’s Championship

Photo courtesy of USA Hockey

Photo courtesy of USA Hockey

By Greg Mellen

When Hilary Knight of the U.S. team scored in the winning goal in overtime in the gold medal game to beat Canada 3-2, the IIHF Women’s World Championship came to a thrilling—though not unexpected—conclusion. The United States won the tournament for the fourth straight time and seventh in eight years.

There was nothing usual or expected, however, about the run-up to the eight-day international tournament for the team or for USA Hockey, its parent organization. As final preparations were underway, a simmering financial dispute boiled over when the U.S. team threatened to boycott the event, demanding a new contract. The announcement came on March 15, a little more than two weeks before the March 31 start in Plymouth, Michigan, at USA Hockey Arena. After tense negotiations, the sides settled on March 28, leaving three days for the team to prepare for competition and for the governing body to ramp up stalled ticket sales and try to turn attention back to on-ice play.

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