Women are facing an off-ice fight at all levels of hockey

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Brianna Decker and Gigi Marvin scored for the United States in a 2-0 win over Canada to open the women's world hockey championship.

In this Tuesday, March 28, 2017, photo, Teagan Brown, 12, shoots during practice with the HoneyBaked 12U Tier 1 hockey team, in Farmington Hills, Mich. The team ended their threat of boycotting the tournament after agreeing to a four-year deal with USA Hockey.

But the drama has simply illuminated a major obstacle that remains for many female players, from grassroots to high-performance levels. I'm certainly proud to be someone standing up for women's hockey and really trying to get it to move forward.

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).

On the global front, the worldwide Ice Hockey Federation committed in 2010 to spend C$2.1 million promoting and developing women's hockey for the next four years.

"We look forward to the future with great anticipation", said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. USA Hockey negotiators can testify to that.

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It was also a big game for Amanda Kessel, who scored her first worldwide goal since the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, a tournament where she suffered a concussion that kept her out of hockey for almost two years. I have not been following Team Canada and its exploits closely enough for long enough to be able to say with any authority what all of their mistakes have been over the years and I was not in detail-oriented recap mode while watching. "I keep saying it", she said, "but it's true". Players had threatened to boycott the tournament over the wage dispute, which Pepper Hamilton labor and employment lawyer Matt DelDuca considers the most interesting aspect of the case. After everything Team USA has already accomplished, you can bet they will be more hungry than ever to bring home the gold in Plymouth.

Granato retired in 2005, but still felt as if she had "more to give" and finds it incredible that players in the current generation won't have to hang up their skates as early as she did.

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"We are clicking out there", said Decker.

Given the chance to comment on this story with a conversation or email, Michigan Amateur Hockey Association President George Atkinson repeatedly declined on Sunday.

After what they've gone through together as a team in the past month, the anthem after the game had to be a little bit sweeter for Team USA. A couple of days ago it wasn't clear that players such as Alex Carpenter from North Reading, Meghan Duggan from Danvers, or Kacey Bellamy, a former assistant coach at Merrimack College, would get that far. With the help of goalie Ivonne Schroder, who did not start in Friday's game, and team scoring leader Laura Kluge (1g, 1a), they have now guaranteed themselves a quarter final berth for the first time since 2013. At least some women who play for both leagues wish the five-team Canadian Women's Hockey League would merge with the four-team National Women's Hockey League to become one. The U.S. has a 9-3-5-8-0 record in 25 games against Canada.

TV: NHL Network will televise all US games.

The CWHL isn't yet paying players a salary. They can make up to $129,000 in Olympic years with contributions from the U.S. Olympic Committee. She carried the puck in on a shorthanded rush, passed to Monique Lamoreux-Morando, and then dove after the rebound and put it in the open net.

The Americans controlled the play all night against their rivals. "They kept us to the outside", Gylywoychuk said.

"They were all united in this common goal, and I think that competitive, athletic spirit really showed up in terms of fighting for your rights".

However, it was the Americans who got on the board first.

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