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Women’s Hockey Wednesday: The Damkronorna are pushing the Swedish Ice Hockey Association into the 21st century

Haven’t we heard this one before? Can’t national federations find a new tune to play?

Sweden forward Erika Grahm (24) and defender Annie Svedin (8) react after Grahm scores a goal on Korea goaltender So Jung Shin during the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
Annie Svedin (8) and Erika Grahm (24) of the Swedish women’s national team.
Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

The biggest story in women’s hockey over the past two weeks was one that broke the same day we last published a Women’s Hockey Wednesday. (Goodness only knows what’ll happen today!)

A total of 43 players associated with the Swedish Women’s National Team (known colloquially as the Damkronorna or the “Women’s Crowns”), including all the players invited to the national team camp, issued a statement indicating that they would not be playing for the national team and that they would not attend the upcoming Five Nations tournament in Finland that kicked off this year’s European Hockey Tournament series.

The players indicated they had ten areas of concern that they wanted the Swedish ice hockey federation to address before they would consider playing for their country again.

That tournament has now come and gone (Finland won it quite handily) and Sweden did not attend. No meeting was organized between the players’ organization and the Swedish ice hockey federation until after the tournament was well underway.

For those of us who have followed women’s sports over the last few years, a lot of things seemed awfully familiar:

Players asking for basic respect, for reasonable travel arrangements, for appropriate equipment, for a bare a minimum of financial support.

A federation claiming that since they don’t pay either national team that clearly they were being fair to everyone, and pushing off their responsibilities on others - the hockey leagues, the Olympic federation, anyone else.

A men’s hockey league stepping in to offer financial support to the women’s national team.

This particular saga has its more interesting points:

The men’s hockey league, the SHL, wondering how the money they had provided for support last season had been spent, as it seemed like about half of the money earmarked for the women hadn’t been used at all.

The women’s team talking about being sent home from a tournament in Finland via a 10 hour ferry ride to Stockholm when a flight would have taken about an hour, and indicating that supplements provided for their use were often past their best before date.

The SHL has now entered into an agreement with the women’s league, the SDHL, to provide the national team players with repayment of lost earnings when they miss time while representing Sweden for the next few years. However, the story is not at an end. The players are looking for a contract with the Swedish ice hockey federation, an agreement of at least three years, rather than arms-length agreements for compensation through the leagues. There’s also not been any mention of the other points the players raised, including travel and equipment.

Team Sweden is next scheduled to play in the Four Nations Cup at the beginning of November. This year, Sweden is hosting the annual tournament between Canada, USA, Finland and Sweden. We’ll see how far the situation has progressed by then.

Sweden: #FörFramtiden (#ForTheFuture )

Swedish women’s national team has had enough – 43 players go on strike

”It breaks our hearts that one of the first reactions for us who are awarded the recurring honor of representing our country is how much financial loss we will incur by saying yes.”

One day before the season is set to start with a training camp, the players announce that they are boycotting the national team.

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The Damkronorna players are boycotting due to lack of support

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Includes the 10 points the players want to see addressed.

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What #FörFramtiden means to the players of the Swedish Women’s Hockey National Team — and why it’s so necessary.

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#FörFramtiden

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The Swedish Olympic Committee (SOK) withdrew their financial support from the Damkronorna. One year later, players and the ice hockey association are in open conflict, including money.

PWHPA

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As part of Women in Sport Week, eight-time world champion and Olympic gold medallist Hilary Knight explains why more than 200 professional women’s ice hockey players are sitting out the 2019/20 NWHL season to push for a more sustainable league.

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A website, a golf tournament, and a game!

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International hockey

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Finnish blueliner who plays in Sweden embraces bigger role

EHT - Five Nations

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Box scores and stats from the tournament.

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We’re going to take a look at some rosters and results for both the senior and U18 Russian women’s national teams.

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Finland beat Russia 4-2 in the final match of the home tournament.

Aurora Games

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The first all-women’s multi sport festival featured a fun and fast hockey game between Team Americas and Team World

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GLENS FALLS — Digit Murphy walked the walk Wednesday evening.

SDHL (Sweden)

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Luleå’s medical team has advised Nathalie Ferno to stop ice hockey completely. The energetic national team forward and SM gold hero has suffered repeated concussions.

NCAA

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U Sports

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6-foot-2 Carleton University defender Rachel Knee went one-on-one with THW to talk about her upcoming senior season with the Ravens,

AWIHL

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The Adelaide Rush have announced the signing of Hayden Crafter to the position of head coach for the 2019-20 AWIHL season.

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The Perth Inferno have announced the signing of American forward Nora MacLaine for the 2019-20 AWIHL season.

NWHL

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Former RPI goalie and Team Sweden player Lovisa Selander headlines a number of European signings in the last two weeks.

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News, notes, and rosters from around the league

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For the second straight year, the NWHL’s Player of the Week Award will be presented by VEDA

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It turns out Buffalo CAN have nice things!!