NWHL sees first trade as Whale, Riveters swap goaltenders

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Shenae Lundberg (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The list of firsts keeps growing for the NWHL as the burgeoning women’s league announced the first trade in league history. The swap saw the New York Riveters and Connecticut Whale flip goaltenders ahead of this weekend’s action.

The deal sees Chelsea Laden head to the Riveters, while fellow netminder Shenae Lundberg is headed to the Whale. The swap won’t have a major impact on the either club and likely won’t play a part in the fate of either club down the line.

According to the league, some players in the NWHL do have no-trade clauses written into their contracts but neither Laden nor Lundberg had that as part of their deals. Laden is set to earn $14,000 this season, while Lundberg earns slightly more at $15,000. Read more

Emily Field drops teammates with great celebration after NWHL All-Star Game goal

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Emily Field (via Streamable)

The NHL All-Star Game is less than a week away and while the 3-on-3 tournament is sure to produce several highlight-reel goals, it’s going to be hard for any of the all-stars heading to Nashville to beat the celebration Team Pfalzer’s Emily Field busted out at the NWHL All-Star Game.

Field was the recipient of a nifty backhand pass with pressure on Team Knight’s goal and had the entire net to slip the puck into. After scoring, Field set up shop in the corner and started to take off her glove as teammates headed towards her. With her Team Pfalzer mates nearby, Field lobbed her glove into the air and waited for the glove, and those around her, to hit the ice: Read more

Denna Laing won’t sue NHL over Outdoor Women’s Classic injury

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Denna Laing (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The New York Post reported earlier this month that NWHL player Denna Laing would be suing over the injury she suffered at the Outdoor Women’s Classic. However, that does not appear to be the case, as the Post is now reporting Laing will not sue the NHL or any other party involved in the game.

The original report stated the NHL expected a lawsuit from Laing, but the Post’s Josh Kosman reported Tuesday that “a source with direct knowledge of the family’s thinking” has informed the newspaper that Laing and family will not be suing.

Laing, 24, suffered a severe spinal injury when she crashed headfirst into the boards during the Outdoor Women’s Classic at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on Dec. 31. The injury has left Laing with limited movement of her arms and no feeling in her legs. She has begun her rehab. Read more

Bruins, Jeremy Jacobs to donate $200,000 to injured NWHL player Denna Laing

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Denna Laing (left) poses for a photo at the Outdoor Women's Classic (via The Denna Laing Team/Facebook)

The Boston Bruins have been rallying in support of Denna Laing, the 24-year-old NWHL player who suffered a severe spinal injury during the Outdoor Women’s Classic, and Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs has stepped up in a big way in support of Laing.

The Bruins announced this past weekend that Jacobs, along with the Bruins and Bruins Foundation, will be donating $200,000 to Laing to help in her recovery from the injury that has left her with limited movement in her arms and no feeling in her legs. Read more

Report: Denna Laing, family to sue NHL, women’s leagues after spinal cord injury

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Denna Laing (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Boston Pride forward Denna Laing is reportedly planning to sue the NHL after suffering a severe spinal cord injury during the Outdoor Women’s Classic on Dec. 31.

The New York Post reported Thursday that “a source briefed on the matter” told the news outlet the NHL is expecting Laing to sue the league. The Post also reported that Laing is also “expected to sue” the NWHL, CWHL and New England Patriots, whose Gillette Stadium played host to the women’s outdoor game, alumni game and the Winter Classic. Read more

Boston Pride’s Denna Laing writes inspiring message after suffering spinal injury

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Denna Laing (left) poses for a photo at the Outdoor Women's Classic (via The Denna Laing Team/Facebook)

The hockey world was shocked and saddened to learn this past Friday of the injury to Denna Laing, a winger with the NWHL’s Boston Pride who suffered a spinal injury at the Outdoor Women’s Classic on Dec. 31. Laing has limited movement of her arms and no feeling in her legs, the league said in a release, but the 24-year-old delivered an inspiring message to fans via Facebook Sunday.

In a post that was accompanied by several images from the day of the outdoor game, Laing, via a new page called ‘The Denna Laing Team,’ wrote about her experience taking part in the outdoor game and where she goes from here. Read more

NWHL announces Denna Laing suffered ‘significant spinal injury’ at Outdoor Women’s Classic

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Denna Laing (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The NWHL announced Friday evening that Boston Pride forward Denna Laing suffered a significant spinal injury at the Outdoor Women’s Classic Dec. 31 at Gillette Stadium. Laing has limited movement of her arms and no feeling in her legs, per a release from the NWHL.

Laing, 24, was injured when she went headfirst into the boards of the outdoor rink late in the first period of the contest between the NWHL’s Pride and the CWHL’s Les Canadiennes. Laing had to be stretchered off the ice.

“Our prayer going forward is that Denna can be moved from the Intensive Care Unit to a Rehabilitation Center and continue to fight every day with her trademark grit and resolve,” Laing’s parents, Jerilyn and Dennis, said in a statement. “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.” Read more

Line brawl breaks out in NWHL after Riveters goaltender Scrivens bumped

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Fight breaks out between Riveters and Whale (via NWHL/YouTube)

The NWHL is less than one season old and already the four-team league seems to be breeding some heated rivalries. Take Sunday’s action, for instance, when the New York Riveters and Connecticut Whale had a small scuffle turn into a line brawl.

The league-leading Whale were putting a 5-1 beating on the Riveters in the third period when Connecticut’s Danielle Ward drove the net on a puck that was frozen just outside the crease by New York netminder Jenny Scrivens. Ward ended up running into Scrivens and toppling overtop of the Riveters goaltender, in part because of contact from New York blueliner Amber Moore. But that didn’t stop Riveters blueliner Ashley Johnston from mixing it up.

When Ward got to her feet, Johnston gave her a shove, but Micaela Long flew in out of nowhere to put Johnston on her back. That set the two teams off as they ended up in the corner throwing punches at each other: Read more