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Hurricane Irma: USA women's national hockey team stuck in Tampa area

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Raw drone video shows evacuees arriving at Germain Arena in Fort Myers, Fla., ahead of hurricane Irma’s arrival.
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USA Hockey’s decision not evacuate members of U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team from Florida as Hurricane Irma approaches is drawing criticism from a women’s player agent.

“Six months out from the Olympics why would you put your best athletes through the stress of a hurricane?” agent Brant Feldman told USA TODAY Sports on Saturday.

American players officially began training in Wesley Chapel, Fla. on Tuesday, but some of them have been there for weeks.

In a statement, USA Hockey said the team was not located in an evacuation zone, adding that officials have been in “regular communication with local authorities” and that “arrangements are in place to move to an evacuation center if necessary.”

“I wish my clients well and hope for their health and well being as they ride out a hurricane 3 or 4 because they weren’t evacuated,” Feldman said.

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