Granato and lawmakers, lawyers and experts see the US national team's agreement as a precedent-setter for other hockey teams around the world and other men's and women's athletes in this country.
Even those who will benefit, though, acknowledge the off-ice fight isn't over. "I think it has a long way to go, and I'm excited to push it ahead".
Each crisp, tape-to-tape pass and energetic burst up and down the USA Hockey Arena ice Friday night demonstrated to a near-capacity crowd that there was nothing to be anxious about.
USA Hockey said it was "not in the business of employing athletes". The two defenders from the Thunder are on different pairs.
As of today, the USA team has played two of its three preliminary matches.
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In this Thursday, March 30, 2017, photo, US teammates practice with fans holding support signs in preparation for the IIHF Women's World Championship hockey tournament in Plymouth, Mich. USA Hockey and the women's national team agreed to a contract Tuesday, March 28 that ended a wage dispute.
It was also a big game for Amanda Kessel, who scored her first worldwide goal since the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, a tournament where she suffered a concussion that kept her out of hockey for almost two years.
Those are also the places where many women take their game to the next level after minor hockey, and are the jumping off points to their respective national teams. However, no players confirmed that figure, and team captain Meghan Duggan said in a statement that the women simply sought a "living wage".
The Finnish players watched the clock expire, all standing on their bench, all jumping before they skated over to congratulate Raty.
Did we mention she's a defenseman?
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"For the Americans, that was a huge step forward for them as a country, but then coming back to the UND decision, I just feel like that's so disappointing", the 22-year-old from Neepawa, Man., said. "It's added to the development and growth". "But with every game, I feel better and better".
Given the chance to comment on this story with a conversation or email, Michigan Amateur Hockey Association President George Atkinson repeatedly declined on Sunday. "But from all the support everybody was giving the team I thought, of course, they would get it".
Finland has come close to beating Canada in the past, including a 5-3 loss at last year's world championships in the semifinal.
Canadian coach Laura Schuler, though, insisted the gap is closing between the sports two powers and the rest of the world, in part because more Europeans are playing for North American-based colleges.
Under public pressure, USA Hockey came to an agreement with the women's team just days before the World Championships.
At least some women who play for both leagues wish the five-team Canadian Women's Hockey League would merge with the four-team National Women's Hockey League to become one.
TV: NHL Network will televise all US games.
The U.S. also scored at 17:54 of the second period.
Ronja Savolainen scored the victor at 18:19 of the third period.
But the women have arrived at a world championship that pays zero prize money in comparison to the hundreds of thousands in the prize purse at the men's world championship. The U.S. women are playing not just for themselves or for their country, but seemingly on behalf of all women.
"They really showed us that we need to stand up for what we want and what we believe is right and equal for us", said Nicole Stefanick, 15, of the Knights 16-Under Tier 2 girls team. "I agree with them". When you try and you give them more funding, it's kind of a chicken-and-egg problem. And I think that thats the most important thing.