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    New women's hockey league has first SCI

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    Denna Laing, Who Fell During Outdoor Women?s Classic, Has No Feeling in Her Legs

    By SETH BERKMANJAN. 8, 2016


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    Denna Laing was injured Dec. 31 during the Outdoor Women?s Classic. She has limited movement of her arms, her family said. CreditMaddie Meyer/Getty Images Advertisement

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    Boston Pride forward Denna Laing sustained a severe spinal cord injury after falling near the boards during the Outdoor Women?s Classic on Dec. 31 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
    On Friday evening, Laing?s family members said in a statement that she had limited movement of her arms and no feeling in her legs. They said they hoped she would be moved out of an intensive care unit to a rehabilitation center.
    Laing?s injury occurred with less than two minutes left in the first period of the game. Pride Coach Bobby Jay said after the contest that Laing, 24, stepped on a stick and lost her footing, although he later conceded that he did not have a good angle to see the play unfold. Replays were not available, and the game was not broadcast live on television or streamed online.
    The game?s inclusion in the N.H.L.?s Winter Classic festivities was supposed to be a milestone for professional women?s hockey, but it was played amid scrutiny over its planning. The exhibition consisted of two 15-minute periods played with a running clock.
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    Before the women?s game, during a practice on the makeshift rink at Gillette Stadium, home to the New England Patriots, N.H.L. players complained about an ice surface that they called slushy and dangerous. Temperatures during the women?s game reached the mid-40s, and Laing?s injury occurred on an end of the ice where the sun was shining for much of the afternoon.
    Jay and players made available to the news media after the game did not say the ice was a problem, but this week, other Pride players and staff members said there were deep cuts on the ice that caused the puck to frequently bounce and players to trip in certain spots.
    One Pride player, who said she did not believe that Laing had fallen on a stick, described the playing conditions as ?awful.?
    The game, which featured the Pride, of the National Women?s Hockey League, and Les Canadiennes of the Canadian Women?s Hockey League, was not announced until Dec. 28, as the parties involved worked on completing details that included insurance coverage for players.
    A N.W.H.L. representative said that the league had an insurance policy in place ?specifically for incidents like this,? referring to Laing?s injury. The C.W.H.L. said that its players had complete medical and injury insurance for all players in Canada and the United States.
    One participant in the Outdoor Women?s Classic said the N.H.L. had players sign a general liability waiver.
    Laing?s family had requested privacy about her condition, and there had been no public update on her health since the game other than that she had been taken to Massachusetts General Hospital after leaving the ice on a stretcher.
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    Some Pride players were told after the game that she was undergoing surgery. Several college women?s teams displayed their support for Laing on social media by posting photographs of players forming the number 14 at center ice, the number Laing wore at Princeton.
    Sydney Daniels, a junior on Harvard?s women?s team and a teammate of Laing?s sisters, Brianna and Lexie, started a Go Fund Me account for Denna that raised more than $40,000 online, including contributions from her Pride teammates. The web page was eventually closed, reportedly at the request of the Laing family.
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    ?We are working with the Laings, our business partners and others to respond compassionately and appropriately to her injury,? N.W.H.L. Commissioner Dani Rylan said in a statement on Friday. Laing?s family and friends have established a website for donations.
    N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement that the league ?will work with the Laing family to rally the support of the hockey family during Denna?s rehabilitation.?
    Laing previously played for the C.W.H.L.?s Boston Blades and worked as a victim witness advocate for the district attorney?s office in Essex County, Mass.
    In an interview with The New York Times last February, Laing said she planned to attend law school. She was a practice squad player for the Pride, called up to replace members of the United States national team who were absent for training camp. The maximum salary in the N.W.H.L. this season is $25,000.
    In the days leading to the Outdoor Women?s Classic, Laing posted a message on Twitter about her excitement and reposted a photo from her mother showing the more than 20 tickets she had obtained for the game.
    ?It?s just a scary thing and to come to a realization about it; the last week I tried not to talk about it because it doesn?t seem real to me,? Pride forward Rachel Llanes said by phone on Friday night. ?My team, we?re all struck by it, and we?re all sad by it.?
    A version of this article appears in print on January 9, 2016, on page D4 of the New York edition with the headline: After a Fall, a Boston Player Has No Feeling in Her Legs.


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    Seeing new injuries always makes me so damn mad, such an unfair existential blow, and so at times misunderstood and 'distanced' by society out of fear, my thoughts are so with her and her family, know Denna will fight the good fight and recover, fingers crossed for some return as her cord loses swelling

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    Not good at all. Describes a high injury.

    Thoughts go to her.

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    Tragic story. Bad ice. Hopefully she gets great support for her new battle.

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    No one mentioned Denna at last night's Connecticut Whale/Buffalo Beauts game.

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    What difference does it make? Women's sports are very rarely even given mention on broadcasts of sports news. How often do any get a mention on Sports Center? 1 in a 1000 chance?

    Now don't get me wrong I do watch as many women's sports as I possibly can. I enjoy them. The games are not usually as physically brutal, but played with more finesse and skill in most instances. However, as we can see from this unfortunate accident, the resulting dangers can often be similar.

    Try to find any women's Sport Scoreboard, while not impossible, it is difficult! And even on the internet we are often directed first to men's teams scores. If these sports teams were given some consideration, and highlighted at times I believe there could and would be far more interest.

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