Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara apparently has good taste in high heels. The 6-foot-9 defenseman has no need for heels himself, but he gave a flashy pair of heels to injured Boston Pride forward Denna Laing, who is recovering from a severe spinal cord injury suffered at the Women’s Winter Classic. Chara visited Laing in rehab on Wednesday.
The 24-year-old Laing was left with limited movement in her arms and no sensation or movement below her chest after fracturing and shattering multiple vertebrae when she fell head-first into the boards. Laing, a former two-year captain for the Princeton women’s hockey team, has received an outpouring of support from the hockey community following the injury, and the Boston Bruins donated $200,000 toward Laing’s medical fund. The team is also participating in a jersey auction with the Montreal Canadiens, as the rivals are auctioning off game-worn and autographed jerseys from their Jan. 19 game.
Montreal goaltender Mike Condon, whose time as a hockey player at Princeton overlapped with Laing’s collegiate years, sent Laing a Condon jersey autographed by the entire Canadiens team.
Laing updated the public through Facebook on her status Wednesday night, sharing that she has started to learn how to use an electric wheelchair and was able to "stand up" thanks to a special machine used to support her weight and stimulate her muscles.
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