NASHVILLE -- Denna Laing, in a message shown on the video screen during the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, said she has been "absolutely blown away by the support I've gotten from the hockey community."
And that was before she got an incredible message of her own from Music City.
Country star Jennifer Nettles, who performed Sunday at the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game, spoke to Laing on FaceTime after she was informed the injured hockey player was one of her biggest fans.
"Just when you thought you couldn't be any more thankful to the @NHL you get a call from @JenniferNettles #ItHappens," Laing tweeted Sunday.
Laing's mother Jerilyn, and sisters Brianna and Lexie attended the All-Star Game at Bridgestone Arena. They visited Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban, Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron and New Jersey Devils goalie Corey Schneider in the dressing rooms before the game. They also took a picture with country star Dierks Bentley.
They wanted to say hello to Nettles, but she was not down on ice level. When word got to Nettles she was Laing's favorite artist, she came down to meet with the family, who requested a picture. But Nettles said she could do better than that; she made the emotional call to Laing, offering her encouragement. Laing was overwhelmed.
In her message shown during the game, Laing said she has been inspired by the support she has received since suffering a spinal injury at the Women's Winter Classic on Dec. 31
"People writing letters that I'm their role model and I inspire them, but they truly are the ones that inspire me," Laing said.
On Saturday, the NHL announced on behalf of its member clubs, it is donating $200,000 to assist Laing in her rehabilitation and recovery.
Honda and Ticketmaster, NHL partners and members of the hockey family, are teaming to donate a 2016 Honda Odyssey that will be retrofitted to meet Laing's transportation needs.
"There's so many things that hockey has taught me that I can apply to my real life and definitely my rehab," Laing said. "Hard work and never giving up on yourself or your teammates, it just gives me that little edge to keep going, to give that extra inch or whatever it may be.
"The sport has been so incredible, every day I think to myself, 'Wow,' to give me that little boost, to keep going and to say, 'I got this.' Never give up, never stop believing in yourself."