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

Jared Clinton
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

Jared Clinton
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

Jared Clinton
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

Jared Clinton
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

Year in Review: the top 10 players of 2015

Matt Larkin
Patrick Kane (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Let 2015 be known as the Year of Momentum. So many of the players who caught fire in January carried their sizzling performances from the second half of the 2014-15 campaign to the first half of 2015-16, proving they didn’t fluke into their excellence. Most of the names dotting the current NHL scoring leaderboard were there last season, too.

With that theme in mind, and expanding our list to include either gender, we present the top 10 hockey players of the 2015 calendar year.

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Shannon Szabados makes history, first woman to register shutout in men’s pro hockey

Jared Clinton
Shannon Szabados. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)

Shannon Szabados has broken barriers by becoming the first woman to be a full-timer in men’s professional hockey, and the 29-year-old made a bit more history this past weekend when she became the first woman to register a shutout in a men’s pro game.

Szabados, who plays for the SPHL’s Columbus Cottonmouths, made 33 saves Saturday evening against the Huntsville Havoc for her third win of the season in 12 starts. The win improved her record to 3-5-3 on the season. While she has seen her goals-against average slip to 3.58 from 3.12 in 2014-15, Szabados’ save percentage has actually gone up to .909 from .907 last season. Read more

Fedorov, Bondra, Quinn headline 2016 IIHF Hall of Fame class

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The IIHF named its 2016 Hall of Fame class Thursday, and the list of greats heading to the International Hall of Fame are headlined by Sergei Fedorov, Peter Bondra and the late Pat Quinn.

Joining Fedorov, Bondra and Quinn are Valeri Kamensky, Ville Peltonen and Ben Smith, who enters, like Quinn, in the builders category. The IIHF Hall of Fame also awarded the Richard ‘Bibi’ Torriani Award to Gabor Ocskay and the Paul Loicq Award to Nikolai Ozerov. All will be inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame May 22 in Moscow following the final game of the 2016 World Championship. Read more

Blunder over women’s game at Winter Classic has NHL scrambling

Hilary Knight of Boston (left) battles Elana Orlando of New York (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Sources tell thn.com that the NHL is scrambling to find a way to the solve a potential debacle that has materialized over a women’s hockey showcase game at the Winter Classic in Boston.

As was reported by Bob McKenzie of TSN earlier this week, part of the Winter Classic festivities were to include a game between the Montreal Canadiennes of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League and the Boston Pride of the first-year National Women’s Hockey League. The game was to be comprised of two 15-minute periods and was to be played prior to the game between the Canadiens and Bruins alumni teams on Dec. 31, the day before the Canadiens and Bruins face off in the Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium in Foxoborough, Mass.

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