One year after suffering an injury which severely damaged her spine, Denna Laing was once again in Boston to drop the puck at a Bruins game.
On December 31, 2015, as Laing’s Boston Pride faced off against Montreal in an outdoor game, Laing tripped on an opposing players stick and fell hard into the boards. She was stretchered off the ice. The fall resulted in a major spine injury, resulting in Laing spending serious time in the hospital (excerpt via NHL.Com).
“I have a little [sensation] in my hands, not much really,” Laing said. “Just my thumbs. But I definitely have sensation in my arms, my chest, my neck, some of my back, too. But it’s not been great gains.”
Now Laing is out of the hospital and living at home. While she doesn’t have full control of movement in her body, she’s not letting it slow her down. On Saturday, Laing dropped the puck in Boston on the one-year anniversary of the accident. With the Bruins facing off against the Sabres, seeing Laing back on the ice even in a limited capacity is incredible.
Denna Laing dropping the puck at the Bruins one year after her injury pic.twitter.com/JtZQN7beJX
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) December 31, 2016
Laing, who was a recipient of the Dana Reeve Hope Award earlier last month, has made impressive progress on her road to recovery. Here’s to hoping she continues to thrive and make more strides in 2017. Regardless, it’s great to see her on the ice, once again.