US women threatening boycott puts worlds defense in doubt

USA Hockey has set a Thursday deadline for members of the women’s national team to decide whether they will play in the world championships after they threatened to boycott the tournament because of a wage dispute.

The organization has told players they have until late afternoon to decide. The tournament begins March 31 in Plymouth, Michigan, with training camp set to begin next week. The U.S. is the defending gold medalist.

The deadline comes one day after the women’s team announced they would boycott the tournament, citing a lack of progress in getting a labor pact with USA Hockey. They are seeking more pay and a four-year deal.