Sunday, January 10, 2016

Denna Laing

A new professional sports league, the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL) launched on October 11, 2015 with four teams: Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale and New York Riveters.

This year's NHL Winter Classic included a game between the Boston Pride and the CWHL's Les Canadiennes de Montreal as part of the festivities. The teams were chosen because the NHL game featured the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens.

During the game, the Pride's Denna Laing was injured in a freak accident when she stepped onto a stick and fell head-first into the boards. Unfortunately, her injury was catastrophic. From the linked article:
Tragically, Denna suffered a severe spinal cord injury playing the sport she loves. As of today, Denna has limited movement of her arms and no feeling in her legs. Our prayer going forward is that Denna can be moved from the Intensive Care Unit to a Rehabilitation Center and continue to fight everyday with her trademark grit and resolve. With respect to her long term prognosis, right now there are more questions than answers.
Travis Roy, who was paralyzed from the neck down during a game while playing for Boston University in 1995, posted what I think is an absolutely amazing message on Facebook. Do take the time to check it out.

Denna's life has been changed forever, and not for the better. One moment she was living her dream, the next it was shattered and taken away from her through no fault of her own. I can't imagine what she and her family are going through right now, but it has to be traumatic and heartbreaking. If you can, please consider visiting her website and making a donation: Denna Laing.

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