BOSTON (CBS) – The Boston Pride women’s hockey team took the ice for the first time since a teammate suffered a serious injury on New Year’s Day.
A moment of silence was held before the game for 24-year-old Pride player Denna Laing, who suffered a spinal cord injury when she struck the boards during the Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium. Laing is currently being treated at Mass. General Hospital.
An announcement was made during the game that every National Women’s Hockey League Player will wear Laing’s number, 24, on the left side of their helmet closest to their heart.
On Sunday, Laing posted an update her Facebook page comparing her excitement for the Winter Classic game to Christmas. She said she despite her injury, she would “would never take those moments back.”
Teammates were too emotional to speak after game but Jenny Scrivens, the goalie for the New York Riveters, explained how the league is dealing with Laing’s accident. Scrivens was at the game at Gillette Stadium when Laing was injured.
“I can’t imagine what it’s like to be a player and a teammate of Denna’s right now. I’m sure it’s very tough,” Scrivens said, “I know she’s very happy with all the support she’s received and I know that made her laugh, so that’s good.”
Over the weekend, several hockey teams took to Twitter in support of Laing. They formed the number 14 with their bodies, the number she wore when she played hockey for Princeton.
Travis Roy, who was paralyzed in a similar hockey-related accident when he played at Boston University, also weighed in.
“I know the emotions that Denna and her family are feeling right now, and quite frankly it turns my stomach. I hate this this happened to another person in the hockey family, or that it happens to anyone for that matter. I can only hope that as unfortunate as the situation is for Denna and her family, that the community at large will be more aware of the devastation a spinal cord injury causes,” Roy wrote on Facebook.
Mark Wahlberg tweeted, “Praying for our Boston hockey hero Denna Laing.”
On Friday, her parents released a statement saying Laing has limited movement in her arms and no feeling in her legs.
The website, DennaLaing.org, has been established to donate to Laing’s recovery and provide well-wishes for her family.
Boston Pride beat the New York Riveters 8 to 1.