Team USA women players react on winning the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey Women's World Championship gold medal match between USA and Canada at Malmo Isstadion in Malmo, southern Sweden, on April 4, 2015. REUTERS/Claudio Bresciani/TT News Agency
Team USA players react on winning the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship gold medal match between USA and Canada at Malmo Isstadion in Malmo, southern Sweden, on April 4, 2015.

In a statement released Wednesday morning, the team said negotiations over fair wages and support with USA Hockey had stalled for over a year, leading them to take this drastic move.

Stars like Hilary Knight and Amanda Kessel posted the team’s statement simultaneously on Twitter on Wednesday morning.

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In a statement, USA Hockey said they “acknowledge the players’ concerns and have proactively increased our level of direct support” to the team ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Duggans and Langel say that’s misleading. Most of those funds wouldn’t come from USA Hockey. The figure represents mainly the money the players would get anyway from the USOC and is variable, depending on whether they win a medal and what kind.

It also only addresses payments during an Olympic year, not in the other three years that the women have to train and compete, the team says.

Besides, the stipend increase “does nothing to address the marketing and training support [which] is not on par with what it provides to the men’s and boys’ teams,” the women’s team said in a statement.

In the USA Hockey statement, president Jim Smith says, “USA Hockey’s role is not to employ athletes and we will not do so.”

Duggan said that was “difficult” to hear.

“They tell us when to be places, how long to be there. … We base where we live, what we do, when our alarms go off, when we sleep, what we eat, based on their orders, and their anticipation that we will show up and perform for them when asked.

“It is our life, every day, every minute — it’s for USA Hockey and this program.”