High School Hockey Player Who Died Identified As 10th Grader

GREENWICH, CT – Two communities are mourning the loss of a high school hockey player who died Thursday night after sustaining an injury during a game at Brunswick School in Greenwich.

According to a social media post from the New Canaan Police Department, the player has been identified as Teddy Balkind, a sophomore at St. Luke’s School.

St. Luke’s principal, Mark Davis, told Patch the community was mourning.

“Yesterday we lost a precious young man in a tragic accident. Both St Luke’s School and Brunswick School are in shock as we work to support our students and families. St. Luke’s only focus right now is to care for our shattered community,” Davis said.

A hockey game between Brunswick and visiting St. Luke’s began Thursday at 5:00 p.m. at the Hartong Ice Rink on the King Street campus in Brunswick.

Capt. Mark Zuccerella of the Greenwich Police Department said during normal play: “A visiting team player fell on the ice.”

Another player who was near the player who fell was unable to stop and collided with the player who fell, Zuccerella said. As a result, the player who originally fell suffered a serious injury and the game was suspended.

After 911 was called, Balkind was taken to Greenwich Hospital where he underwent surgery but died of complications from the injury, News 12 CT reported.

The Connecticut chief medical examiner’s office ruled that the cause of death was accidental from a “throat wound,” according to Hearst Connecticut.

Hockey sticks were seen outside the front doors of businesses and homes in New Canaan on Saturday. The hashtag #SticksOutForTeddy was created on social media. That National Hockey League and professional teams show solidarity and offer support to the Balkind, St Luke’s and Brunswick family.

The Braunschweig headmaster Thomas Philip said that everyone involved was “unutterably sad”.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the boy’s family, the players and coaches of both teams, the wider St Luke’s School community and our own students and families. Tragedy like this is difficult to process and impossible to understand,” added Philipp “We will do everything we can over the coming days and weeks to help and support the people of our community and St. Luke’s parish. We ask everyone to say a prayer for the boy, his family and everyone.” who have been affected by this terrible accident.”

According to their social media post, the New Canaan Police Department said Balkind skated for the New Canaan Winter Club during his youth hockey career.

“[He] was known to all as an all around incredible young man, son and brother. The men and women of the New Canaan Police Department offer our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers to the Balkind family and everyone affected by this tragic incident,” the department said.

The New Canaan High School ice hockey team on Friday acknowledged Balkind’s death.

On Friday, the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) tweeted about the incident.

The New Canaan Fire Department also tweeted their condolences.

Greenwich First Selectman Fred Camillo tweeted about the tragedy on Facebook.

“The City of Greenwich extends its condolences to the family, friends and teammates of the young man who lost his life in a tragic accident on the ice in Braunschweig yesterday. We pray that all affected will find strength and comfort in the coming days. Rest peacefully,” said Camillo.

St Luke’s was originally scheduled to hold classes remotely due to snow on Friday, but all classes and after-school activities have been cancelled. In an email to Davis families on Friday morning, St. Luke’s was scheduled to open at noon for students and families to gather and mourn, according to Greenwich Time.

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