NHL Plays Touching Tribute To Paralyzed NWHL Player At All-Star Game
During the 2016 Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium, Denna Laing of the NWHL's Boston Pride suffered a horrific spinal injury during an accidental collision with the boards. According to a statement issued by Laing's family on January 8th, the injury left her with “limited movement of her arms and no feeling in her legs." The same statement also explained that at the time, there were more questions than answers in regards to her longterm prognosis.
The National Women's Hockey League was founded just last year, and played it's inaugural game on Oct. 11, 2015; making Laing not just an incredible athlete but a pioneer for women in professional hockey.
It's a gutwrenching story that has rattled everyone in the hockey community, which has been tremendously supportive in the aftermath of Laing's injury. That support extended to the NHL All-Star game on Sunday, during which the game was paused in order to play a moving video tribute to Laing on the Jumbotron.
The crowd was visibly emotional throughout the video, for which they gave a standing ovation.
According to the Boston Bruins, Gary Bettman announced prior to the All-Star fesitivities that the league would be donating $200,000 to Laing's rehabilitation fund.
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