NEW CANAAN, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — A young hockey player in Connecticut has died after a collision between two players on the ice during a school game.
Outside of St. Luke’s School in New Canaan, the mood was somber Friday as students and parents gathered to mourn the loss of 10th grader Teddy Balkind.
“It’s horrible. It’s really bad,” said an 18-year-old student named Calvin. “I feel like it’s just like an outreach of, I don’t know, sympathy.”
As CBS2’s Kiran Dhillon reports, police say Teddy died after a Thursday evening junior varsity hockey game between high school students from St. Luke’s and Brunswick School.
As the two private school teams faced off at Brunswick’s rink in Greenwich, it’s believed Teddy fell to the ice. Another player who was near him was unable to stop, and the two collided.
According to a statement sent to students from Brunswick, Teddy’s neck was accidentally cut by a skate.
His father was present as the school’s medical staff rushed to help.
After the collision, police say the game was immediately stopped and the young player was taken to Greenwich Hospital for help. That’s where the teenager was pronounced dead.
St. Luke’s has released a statement saying in part, “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 singular focus at this moment is to care for our devastated community.”
Meanwhile, Brunswick School added in part, “Tragedies such as this are hard to process and impossible to understand. We will do all we can in the coming days and weeks to help and support those in our community and in the St. Luke’s community.”
Teddy had been a camper at Camp Awosting since 2014. The camp sent the following email to families:
Dear Awosting Families,
It is with great sadness
that we send this email to our Awosting community about one of our campers who passed away Thursday night in a tragic accident.
Teddy Balkind was a fearless,
beautiful soul, who was full of life and a friend to all. He had an infectious, positive personality which quickly spread to others in all aspects of Awosting life. A born leader, he was humbled by being named the 2021 Iroquois Tribal Captain. His passion
for camp – his tribe, his friends, his counselors – was unparalleled. Teddy was the recipient of numerous awards during his time at Awosting, including the mountain bikes medal and trophy multiple years in a row, runner up for the OZ award twice (at least),
runner up and winner of the Buzz Ebner award, and many more. Teddy led by example, was a mentor to our younger campers, and was just an amazing young man.
How did you identify Teddy
at camp? Look for the biggest smile on a camper’s face and that was “our” Teddy! He was the ultimate Awosting young man, #strongasbears, who learned by doing! Our world needs more young men like Teddy – #BeMoreTeddy.
Our friend forever,
Our summers together.
Our ray of sunshine,
Our boy –…