The U.S. women's national hockey team reiterated Sunday night its willingness to settle its compensation dispute with USA Hockey and call off a boycott of the IIHF world championships that begin Friday in Michigan, but that will depend on a vote Monday among the federation's executive board.

The United States Olympic Committee has stayed out of this negotiation. Right now, it's completely a discussion between USA Hockey and the women's national team.

Attorney John Langel represents the women and also represented the U.S. women's soccer team when it sought better wages. He sees similarities between the two sports, in both the arguments coming from the other side and the potential for growth.

"Soccer learned if you supported it from the highest level, it would filter down to the grass roots," Langel said. "You can't ignore the women players and the icons they are to hockey girls. They're icons to that community."

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