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The Boston Pride sent a message to USA Hockey

The team had a show of solidarity with the women’s national team before tonight’s playoff game.

Cornelius Hardenbergh/@HBAdventure

Most of you are familiar with the ongoing dispute between USA Hockey and the women’s national team.

Tonight, before a NWHL playoff game between the Boston Pride and Connecticut Whale, the Pride demonstrated solidarity with the striking women of the national team.

From Cornelius, who is at the game, the Pride kicked things off by inviting women’s national team (USWNT) players from the Whale to come to center ice, then invited USWNT players from the Pride to join them.

This was done in place of announcing the starting lineups for each team.

Players exchanged fist bumps with their national teammates as they stood at center ice.

The crowd at Warrior Ice Arena gave the USWNT players a standing ovation as they stood at center ice.

The Pride minced no words when it came to the meaning behind the ceremony:

It was a nice show of support for some of the best women’s hockey players in the world from the Pride, the NWHL and the crowd in Brighton.

USA Hockey continues to make a mess of this situation, but it’s good to see that the vast majority of hockey fans are firmly on the side of the USWNT.

(Also, go Pride.)