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New Canaan High School student Teddy Balkind dies after colliding with another player during hockey game

New Canaan, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – In Connecticut, a young hockey player was killed during a school game after two players collided on the ice.

Luke’s School in New Canaan, the mood was gloomy as students and parents gathered to mourn the loss of 10th grader Teddy Balkind.

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“It’s awful. It’s really bad,” said an 18-year-old student named Calvin. “I feel like it’s just an outreach of, I don’t know, sympathy.”

Police say Teddy died after a junior varsity hockey game Thursday evening between high school students at St. Luke’s and Brunswick School, reports CBS2’s Kiran Dhillon.

As the two private school teams face off on the rink of Brunswick in Greenwich, it is believed that Teddy fell on the ice. Another player near them was unable to stop and the two collided with each other.

According to a statement sent to students in Brunswick, Teddy’s neck was accidentally cut by a skate.

His father was present when the school’s medical staff rushed to help.

Following the collision, police say the game was immediately halted and the youngster was taken to Greenwich Hospital for help. The juvenile was declared brought dead.

St. Luke’s has issued a statement saying, “Yesterday, we lost a precious young man in a tragic accident. St. Luke’s School and Brunswick School are both in shock as we work to support our students and families. Time St. Luke’s sole focus is to care for our devastated community.”

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Meanwhile, the Brunswick School somewhat added, “Tragedies like these are difficult to process and impossible to understand. We look forward to helping and supporting those in our community and the community of St. Luke in the days and weeks to come.” Will do everything possible.”

Teddy was a camper at Camp Avosting since 2014. Camp sent the following email to the families:

Dear Avasting Families,

with great sadness
That we send this email to our Avoting community about one of our campers who died in a tragic accident on Thursday night.

Teddy Balkind was a fearless,
Beautiful soul, full of life and a friend to all. He had an infectious, positive personality that quickly spread to others in all aspects of awe-inspiring life. A born leader, he was named as the 2021 Iroquois Tribal Captain. his passion
To the camp – his clan, his friends, his advisors – were unique. Teddy was the recipient of several awards during his time at Evoting, including a mountain bike medal and trophy for several consecutive years, twice runner-up for the OZ Award (at least),
Runner-up and winner of the Buzz Ebner Award, and more. Leading by example Teddy was a mentor to our young campers, and he was just a wonderful young man.

how did you recognize teddy
at the camp? Look for the biggest smile on a camper’s face and that was “our” Teddy! They were the most disobedient young #strongasbears, who learned by doing! Our world needs more youth like Teddy – #BeMoreTeddy.

our friend forever,

our summers together.

our ray of sunshine,

Our boy – our best time.

our big energy and our favorite
laughter,

Mountain Bike First, Waterfront
Later

Whenever Teddy Balkind entered
A room, followed the smile.

Happiness has come

Our angel, our loss.

we will miss you and we love
You. #BeMoreTeddy

we know our disobedient families
Would like to know how to help Teddy and remember him. Over the coming days and weeks, we will be in contact with Teddy’s family to devise ways for campers, staff, and the Avoting Administration to remember Teddy and support his family. please be patient as his family
Navigates this most difficult time.

We have attached a resource
You can use this to talk to each other about the loss. Everyone deals with grief in different ways – there is no right way or wrong way. Please, just take care of yourself and others. Campers rely on trusted adults; Adults, trust your trusted friends. Happen
kind to each other. #BeMoreTeddy. As information on the Services becomes available, we’ll share it in a separate email in case anyone wants to show avoting support to the Balkind family.

We are here with you
Together we will get through this difficult time.

“Such wounds do happen, but they are very rare. More rare is when it is anything serious,” said former youth hockey coach Ted Curtin.

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He says that while USA Hockey recommends neck guards for players, they are only required for goalscorers.

Curtin said it’s unclear whether Teddy wore one during the game, with no guarantee it could have saved him.

“One of the problems with neck guards, apart from them being so cumbersome, is that they didn’t eliminate the risk of lacerations and sometimes the skate would hit the neck guard and move to the other side of the neck and still get stuck, If this was what was about to happen, so they are not faultless,” he said.

For now, Curtin says he’s sending his condolences and prayers to Teddy’s parents and his sister, along with most of the tri-state area’s hockey community.

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CBS2’s Kiran Dhillon contributed to this report. Editor’s note: This story was first published on January 7.

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