Boston Pride forward Denna Laing suffered a significant spinal injury during last Friday's Outdoor Women's Classic at Gillette Stadium. Doctors continue to evaluate her status.
The National Women's Hockey League today released the following statements on behalf of Denna Laing's family, NWHL Commissioner Dani Rylan, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, the Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens and New England Patriots:
STATEMENT FROM JERILYN AND DENNIS LAING
"Denna was thrilled to be taking part in the inaugural season of the National Women's Hockey League and was absolutely delighted to be one of the pioneers in a breakthrough moment for her sport - the Outdoor Women's Classic. 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. We have received an incredible outpouring of love and support from countless friends and family members while we try to navigate this overwhelming situation. We are eternally grateful to everyone who continues to offer support as we take on this challenge together."