Publicity around the game was kept to a minimum after a report surfaced on December 5th that there would be a game between the two teams. On December 28, the game was officially announced, although players felt that it was overshadowed by other events that day, including the alumni game which followed the women's game.
During the game, Pride player Denna Laing stepped on a stick and crashed into the boards head first. Removed from the ice on a stretcher, she was taken to the hospital. On January 8, 2016, Laing's family announced that she had suffered a severe spinal cord injury and that she had limited movement of her arms and no feeling in her legs.