All plans are on ice. Demanding better compensation and the stability of a single, unified league, more than 200 athletes from the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, which closed Wednesday, and the U.S.-based National Women’s Hockey League announced a collective walk-out yesterday. Currently, female pros in North American hockey earn as little as $2,000 a season. “This is not enough,” one player said. “We’ve earned better than this.”
Could the players win? Their strategy has worked before: Two years ago, the U.S. national women’s team scored concessions from USA Hockey after threatening to boycott the world championships in Michigan.