FOXBOROUGH — There was a scary moment in the Outdoor Women’s Classic between the Boston Pride and Les Canadiennes on Thursday. Marblehead native Denna Laing of the Pride crashed into the boards in the first period of the game. She was taken off the ice on a stretcher.
Laing was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston from Gillette Stadium. Boston Pride coach Bobby Jay said that Laing’s parents were with her at the hospital, but had no further update on her condition.
“Obviously all our team was concerned, as was the Montreal team,” Jay said. “We’re thankful we’re in Boston and she’s getting great care. We’re confident that she’ll be fine.”
Jay said that he did not believe ice conditions were an issue in the injury, saying, “It was just a hockey play, going into the corner. She stepped on a stick and just lost her footing a little.”
The game, which was truncated by the injury, ended in a 1-1 tie after two periods, with goals from Kim Deschenes of Les Canadiennes and Blake Bolden of the Pride.
The matchup, which was only finalized recently, marked a collaboration between the CWHL, the NWHL, and the NHL, which all the participants said they hoped would happen again next season, preferably with a three-period game.
But the outcome didn’t seem to matter for those playing, who roundly praised the event.
As Marissa Gedman— yes, daughter of Rich — of the Pride said, “It was way more than I could have ever imagined just being out there. I’ve been to Gillette thousands of times throughout my childhood. My family breathes, sleeps, eats Boston sports. It was a dream come true.”
She added, of walking into the stadium, “There was this huge buildup and then you walk out there and no preparation could have prepared us for that moment where your heart sort of just swells when you see all the lights and the people and the fans and the ice.”