Connecticut High School Hockey Player Dies After Fall on the Rink

A highschool scholar in Connecticut died after he was severely harm throughout a junior varsity ice hockey recreation on Thursday, officers stated, leaving his staff and faculty neighborhood reeling from his dying.

The damage passed off as the Tenth-grade scholar, Teddy Balkind, fell on the rink throughout a recreation between two personal faculties in Fairfield County.

After Mr. Balkind fell, one other participant was unable to decelerate and bumped into him. Officials stated Mr. Balkind’s neck was reduce by the different participant’s skate.

The recreation was instantly stopped and employees members known as 911, the police stated. Mr. Balkind was handled at the scene earlier than being taken to a hospital however he didn’t survive surgical procedure, faculty officers stated.

His dying spurred waves of shock and grief all through southwest Connecticut.

The two faculties — St. Luke’s School in New Canaan and Brunswick School in Greenwich — mourned what officers known as an “unimaginable tragedy.” Local {and professional} hockey gamers provided their condolences and shared tributes to Mr. Balkind.

“Our community is mourning,” Mark Davis, the head of college at St. Luke’s, the place Mr. Balkind was a scholar, stated in an announcement. “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 singular focus at this moment is to care for our devastated community.”

His hockey program wrote on Twitter that “no words are adequate for the grief we are all feeling.”

The match began round 5 p.m. and gameplay had been “entirely normal and unremarkable” earlier than the accident passed off, officers at the Brunswick School stated in a letter to alumni.

Mr. Balkind was a longtime ice hockey participant, typically sporting No. 5 on his jersey and skating for the New Canaan Winter Club. He had attended St. Luke’s, a non-public establishment with grades 5 by way of 12, since center faculty, the place he was once recognized for crafting the faculty’s “artwork of the week.”

Photos on his public Instagram page informed a narrative of a nature- and sports-loving teenager. Videos confirmed him mountain biking and leaping over branches on trails in Connecticut and Pennsylvania. One picture confirmed him celebrating a state championship along with his hockey staff.

The most up-to-date photograph, posted on Oct. 5, confirmed him biking by way of a mountain park. Under it, practically 1,000 individuals left feedback full of hearts and messages of “RIP” and “rest easy buddy.”

Mr. Balkind’s household couldn’t be reached for remark on Saturday. School officers stated in statements that his father had been in the viewers at the recreation and traveled to the hospital with him.

Clark Jones, the director of hockey at the New Canaan Winter Club, known as Mr. Balkind a constructive presence on the staff and stated the neighborhood was deeply scuffling with the loss.

“We lost a tremendous young man,” Mr. Jones wrote on Twitter on Friday. “Always smiling, a great teammate, and a passionate hockey player.”

St. Luke’s was closed on Friday due to snow however faculty officers informed college students the constructing could be open to supply neighborhood members space to course of the dying.

Officials at the Brunswick School, the all-boys personal faculty and the host of Thursday’s recreation, stated in messages to college students that counseling and help providers could be in place for the hockey gamers.

After Mr. Balkind’s dying was confirmed in native information stories, households and neighborhood members in New Canaan leaned hockey sticks and other sports equipment alongside their door frames and on their porches in his reminiscence.

The information additionally reached the National Hockey League. Cam Atkinson, a proper winger on the Philadelphia Flyers, shared a photo of him collaborating in the remembrance on social media, writing that he was “heartbroken” for the household. “A horrible tragedy playing the game we all love,” he stated.

The league and different groups, together with the New York Rangers, additionally posted messages to Mr. Balkind’s household.

“While it’s hard to put into words the impact of such a loss, know that our thoughts, prayers and hearts are with you,” the Rangers wrote on Twitter.

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