3. The USWNT Leadership (Kacey Bellamy, Meghan Duggan, Hilary Knight, Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, Monique Lamoureux-Morando)

Since 1998, the U.S. women’s national team has won a gold medal, three silvers and a bronze at the Winter Olympics, which by our math means the players were much more successful than their male counterparts during that period. Yet USA Hockey’s investment in them, and in women’s hockey programs, paled in comparison to that of the men and the boys.

So the USWNT decided to raise their voices as one and take a stand.

The players listed above were the core group of leaders (as well as the public relations voices) during that tense negotiation, one that led to a historic new multiyear agreement with USA Hockey. You can add younger standouts like Kendall Coyne and Brianna Decker to the list and give a primary assist to the law firm of Ballard Spahr, which worked pro bono on the players’ behalf after helping the U.S. women’s national soccer team earn a deal that set the tone for the hockey players’ actions.

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