Last-minute talks could end U.S. women's hockey boycott of world championships

Top players from the U.S. women’s hockey team are meeting with USA Hockey officials for last-minute talks that could end a planned boycott of the upcoming world championships.

Captain Meghan Duggan led a contingent that included Hilary Knight and twins Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando to a meeting at their lawyers’ office in Philadelphia on Monday.

A spokesman for the athletes said they had no comment as of midday.

The two sides have been negotiating for more than a year over compensation for players and support for the women’s program as a whole, including funds for travel, staff, equipment and junior development.

Duggan and her teammates announced last week that they would sit out the world championships scheduled for later this month in Plymouth, Mich.

USA Hockey insisted that it had provided sufficient resources to keep the program successful.

The American women have won numerous world championships and have medaled in every Winter Games since their sport became an Olympic event.

With training camp for the 2017 world championships scheduled to begin later this week, national officials said that — in the event the stalemate persists — they will field an alternate squad.

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