Brooks Orpik and the Washington Capitals showed their support for Denna Laing this week by sending her words of encouragement and a signed team jersey.
Denna Laing is an American-born women’s ice hockey player currently competing for the Boston Pride of the NWHL. At the collegiate level, she accumulated 77 points while competing for the Princeton Tigers women’s ice hockey program from 2010-14.
The Boston Pride forward suffered a significant spinal injury during the NWHL Outdoor Women’s Classic at Gillette Stadium on December 31st.
During the first period, Laing went into the boards head first. Removed from the ice on a stretcher, she was taken to local Boston hospital.
On January 8, 2016, Laing’s family announced that she had suffered a severe spinal cord injury and that she had limited movement of her arms and no feeling in her legs.