Hockey Player Seriously Injured In Winter Classic Faces Long Recovery


THAT’S A LONG RIDE HOME. JIM SMITH THANKS. NEW AT 6 A DEVASTATING INJURY A WOMAN LIVING OUT HER DREAM PLAYING IN THE WOMEN’S WINTER CLASSIC NOW FACING A LONG RECOVERY. DENNA LAING WAS PLAYING FOR THE NEW WOMAN’S LEAGUE. SHE CRASHED INTO THE BOARDS AND NOW THERE’S A PUSH TO RAISE AT LEAST 50,000 DOLLARS TO HELP WITH HER RECOVERY. BETH IS LIVE AT THE SCENE. Reporter: A SOMBER AND FRIGHTENING MOMENT A GAME A MASSIVE STEP FORWARD FOR WOMEN’S HOCKEY. DENNA LAING IS THE ULTIMATE TEAM PLAYER WITH NUMEROUS AWARDS TO HER CREDIT. ANOTHER COMMUNITY IS — AND NOW THE COMMUNITY IS RALLYING AROUND HER. FOR 24-YEAR-OLD FORD DENNA LAING IT WAS A LANDMARK MOMENT HER BOSTON PRIDE PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S HOCKEY TEAM TAKING TO THE ICE AT GILL JET STADIUM. THIS COULD BE THE MOST EXCITING DAY OF MY LIFE SHE WROTE ON HER FACEBOOK PAGE. HEADED OUTDOORS AT 2 P.M., TO PLAY IN THE FIRST EVER WOMEN’S WINTER CLASSIC. BUT LATE IN THE FIRST PERIOD, THE UNTHINKABLE. WHEN SHE LOST HER FOOTING CRASHED INTO THE BOARDS AND WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED TAKEN FROM THE ICE ON A STRETCHER. I STOPPED BREATHING. I STOPPED BREATHING. Reporter: CARL GRAY OWNS THE CONCORD HOCKEY RINK WHERE LAING BEGAN THE SPORT AT 9 YEARS OLD UNDER THE COACHING OF HER FATHER BRINGING HOME CHAMPIONSHIPS. SHE EXCELLED IN HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE HOCKEY AND JOINED THE PRIDE IN THE NEWLY FORMED NATIONAL WOMEN’S HOCKEY LEAGUE THIS SEASON. HER ABILITY TO INTERRELATE IS — IT WAS VERY STRONG. THE FACT SHE WAS VOTED BY THE PLAYERS DOWN IN PRINCETON TO BE CAPTAIN AS A FRESHMAN IS LIKE WOW THAT DOESN’T NORMALLY HAPPEN. Reporter: HOW THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED ON NEW YEAR’S EVE IS STILL UNCLEAR BUT THERE WERE CONCERNS ABOUT ICE CONDITIONS ON THE SUNNY DAY. FRIEND HAVE NOW SET UP A GOFUNDME PAGE TO HELP THE FAMILY WITH MEDICAL EXPENSES WHICH CONTINUES TO GROW. A LONG — ALONG WITH EMOTIONAL SUPPORT. IT’S GOING TO BE HER WILL NOT TO GET DISCOURAGED AND IT’S GREAT THAT THERE’S SUCH A STRONG SUPPORT NETWORK. Reporter: NOW DENNA LAING IS A VICTIM WITNESS ADVOCATE WHO SAID IN A STATEMENT I HAVE EVERY CONFIDENCE SHE WILL FACE THE RECOVERY WITH THE UPBEAT ATTITUDE AND DETERMINATION THAT SHE BRINGS TO HER WORK. HER FAMILY IS KEEPING A DETAILS OF HER CONDITION PRIVATE.

16 thoughts on “Hockey Player Seriously Injured In Winter Classic Faces Long Recovery

  1. It's too bad the US does not have universal healthcare. Now, her life depends on whether or not she can afford what will probably be hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills.

  2. Glad to see the hockey community rallying behind her! Praying for the best. This is why our sport is awesome – we are all one.

  3. Jeez…I'm an avid NHL watcher rather than women's hockey, and I feel the same way about this as when I see one of those guys get hurt. I wish Denna a full recovery! 😢

  4. Why are the details so hidden about her, no footage, no information other than a "spinal injury"..

  5. $59 000?!?!?!?! AMERRRICA AMERRRRICA!!!!! That same injury in Canada would literally cost you $0.00 literally. unless you're that kind of person who growls at the 3 or 4 bucks to medical care off your pay stubbs. that is so tragic I just cannot believe that. this poor girl is on a long road to recovery now, forget finishing her hockey career. and so many people genuinely care I mean it's on the news and people are rallying a charity, but when they all go home they all sit and growl at the idea of 3 or 4 bucks going to a National health care system. so is it actual genuine care? or just gong through the motions to save face. if people are going to GIVE money away to charity to help this young girl then why not just GIVE to a National health care system?

  6. Other women did this to her – imagine if this bitch or any bitch tried to play with men? Can we say death in the league? People are delusional when they think it's a good idea.

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