U.S. women's hockey team will not play in world championships.
When you consider the mega money the Olympics rakes in, and when you consider that the women's hockey team is a standard bearer for excellence in American athletics, this is truly appalling. They are paid $6,000 a year for a job that requires 12 months of training and practice. It's appalling and I, for one, applaud their stand on this issue.The U.S. [women] has won gold in six of the past eight world championships and has medaled in every Olympics, including winning gold in 1998.
In the past, USA Hockey has provided the players with $1,000 per month during the six-month Olympic residency period. According to the players, USA Hockey pays virtually nothing during the remainder of the four-year period, despite its expectation that in each of the non-Olympic years, the players train full-time and compete throughout the year.
"It is a full-time job and to not get paid is a financial burden and stress on players obviously. That is the conversation my husband and I are having right now," said player Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson. "Is playing going to be more stress than we can handle? Sadly it becomes a decision between chasing your dream or giving in to the reality of the financial burden."