Hickels join fight for better conditions in women’s professional hockey

Zoe Hickel (left) Tori Hickel (right)

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) — The future of professional women’s hockey hangs in the balance as hundreds of women’s hockey players say they will sit out next season in an effort for better working conditions.

More than two hundred players, including Anchorage’s Tori and Zoey Hickel, took to social media to back the boycott using the #ForTheGame hashtag.

In March, the Canadian Women’s Hockey League folded and left the North American Women’s Hockey League as the only professional hockey league for women hockey players.

“Having no health insurance and making as low as two thousand dollars a season means players can’t adequately train and prepare to play at the highest level,” read a statement shared by players using the hashtag #ForTheGame.

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