The NHL has stated it intends to help support Denna Laing, a NWHL Boston Pride player who was injured on the ice at the first Outdoor Women’s Classic, where the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens of the NHL were to face off the day after the Pride played Les Canadiennes de Montreal of the CWHL.
So far, the Boston Bruins have pledged a minimum of $200,000 to the Denna Laing Fund, set up by her family to help offset healthcare costs and incidentals while she is unable to work. They and the Canadiens are also auctioning off jerseys from Tuesday night’s game.
The NHL stated in a press release that the jerseys from Tuesday night, the first time the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens play each other since the 2016 NHL Winter Classic, will see the game-worn jerseys autographed by each player immediately after the game and auctioned off to benefit Laing.
100 percent of auction proceeds will go to help defray expenses related to Laing’s recovery and rehabilitation. The Bruins have also launched a Denna Laing hat, the proceeds from which will also go to benefit her. Prior to the to game, the Montreal Canadiens aired the below video for her, both in-arena and on television, reaching millions of people and draw attention to the cause.