The U.S. women’s national hockey team and USA Hockey agreed to a landmark new contract on Tuesday to avert the players’ boycott of the IIHF World Championships that begin Friday and significantly address the women’s protests about compensation and the federation’s inequitable treatment of its girls’ and women’s programs.

“It’s historic, it’s new and different, and the players are happy,” said John B. Langel, the players’ lead counsel at Ballard Spahr, the law firm that handled the case pro bono.

The unprecedented four-year deal was struck after USA Hockey’s board of directors held a 3½-hour conference call Monday and rejected a proposal that the two sides negotiated March 20 in Philadelphia.

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