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

According to a report, Denna Laing, who suffered a spinal cord injury during the Outdoor Women’s Classic, is planning to sue the NHL, NWHL, CWHL and New England Patriots. Laing, 24, has limited movement in her arms and no feeling in her legs following a headfirst collision with the boards.

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.

Laing, 24, was injured when she went headfirst into the boards during the outdoor game after stepping on an opponent’s stick. She was taken off the ice on a stretcher. Laing’s family has since updated her condition, saying Laing has limited movement of her arms and no feeling in her legs.

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According to the Post, the players in the women’s game signed a liability waiver before the outdoor contest. However, the Post reported a source saying the waiver “was based on the ice being in playable condition.”

There were reports before the game that some of the NHL players weren’t happy with the ice. Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg, for instance, told Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski that one corner of the ice was “dangerous.”

Laing has made some strides in her recovery so far. Monday, she tweeted that she was talking and posted a photo Tuesday of her heading to rehab.

Her family and friends established a website for Laing following the incident,, where fans can leave her messages of support, follow along in her recovery and donate funds to help with medical expenses.