USA Hockey Tried To Recruit A New Women's Team Prior To The World Championships Instead Of Paying The One They Have
All things considered, this wasn't all that bad of a play by USA hockey. In fact, short of opening their fat wallets and actually paying their most consistently successful team wages that are more fitting of international competitors, this was the only move. Attempting to turn groups of females against each other so that they sabotage their own advancement is a strategy that's older than women's suffrage itself. If there was a way to put this obvious inequality on ice then it would be to start some proverbial hair-pulling between the current team and their younger peers who are being offered their spot.
Something tells me that practice is more likely to work in a high school cafeteria than it is to work in negotiations with proud female athletes that have embraced the spirit of 2017 by being woke as fuck to their marginalization. However, as a last gasp effort to not get completely embarrassed by lacking representation on their own soil, trying to use the innately catty characteristics of femininity to combat feminism wasn't an awful idea. If there are lessons to be learned from 'Mean Girls' they are that Lindsay Lohan is the face of wasted potential and women are their own worst enemy.
Make no mistake, using the allure of the red, white, and blue in an effort to recruit a brand new team instead of properly reimbursing the one that has brought your program so much pride is obviously a terrible look for USA Hockey as a whole. Treating well-decorated women as if they are replaceable as soon as they ask for a raise is not exaccccctly the type of behavior you'd hope for from an entity that is supposed to be representing a progressive, enlightened country. That said, when your initial response to a boycott is publicly fabricating finances and making an insulting counter-proposal can you really claim you still care about your reputation?