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After U.S. Women's Hockey Team Threatens To Boycott World Championships, Athletes Win New Deal

United States teammates practice with fans holding support signs in preparation for the IIHF Women's World Championship hockey tournament on Thursday in Plymouth, Mich. (Paul Sancya/AP)
United States teammates practice with fans holding support signs in preparation for the IIHF Women's World Championship hockey tournament on Thursday in Plymouth, Mich. (Paul Sancya/AP)

The U.S. national team takes on Canada on Friday in the first round of the Women's Hockey World Championships.

It's a game that almost did not happen. American players refused to take the ice until they were treated as equals to the players on the men's national team.

The resulting deal gives the women big raises and improves their accommodations on the road. The showdown has WBUR reporter and Cognoscenti commentator Shira Springer remembering how women on the 2014 Olympic team had to live with nearby families when they were training in Bedford.

Read and listen to her Cognoscenti commentary here.

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