The Ice Hockey Association chairman answers the criticism: "Must see ourselves in the mirror"
The Hockey Association chairman Anders Larsson now gives his views on the conflict between the union and the boycotting national team players. - This is clearly worrying, for the union, the women's players, for the whole of hockey Sweden. But we will solve the situation now that we have a concrete negotiating basis, ”Larsson tells SVT Sport.
After being away in Asia over the weekend, on behalf of the union, the president of the union was available for interviews at the union on Tuesday.
43 selected country players boycotted the season's first camp and tournament the one in Finland that has just started. The union was taken on the bed by the national team boycott. The camp was canceled, as was Sweden's participation in the tournament.
- We are here now with players who say no to the national team. I feel a great responsibility for this, even though we at the union lived with the image that player compensation was resolved by SDHL taking over responsibility for this in the same way that SHL did for the men, says Anders Larsson.Got the documentation from SICO yesterday
According to Larsson, the union got a supporting record with the players 'demands from the players' union SICO only yesterday.
- It's a little annoying that we got it so late. But the contracts are taken and we will meet later this week. The goal is for us to have a national team in the next tournament, at home in Luleå. Then we should have players in the national team who feel they have been spotted. Then we must have solved this. But it requires a great deal of humility - not least from myself, Larsson tells SVT Sport.
When asked what this boycott is sending for signals to women players in Sweden, Larsson replies:
- This is a huge notch in the record at work. We have the best league in Europe and are about to develop the league even more. I have to look at myself in the mirror and realize that we haven't done enough, but this is not just the case here, the whole hockey world should react.