Bill inspired by death of New Canaan hockey player approved, but does it go far enough?
A bill inspired by the death of a young New Canaan hockey player passed the Connecticut House of Representatives on Tuesday, but it didn’t go as far as some had hoped.
Teddy Balkind, a tenth grade student at St. Luke’s School, was killed Jan. 6 when another player’s skate accidentally cut his neck. The case led to a national debate over whether young hockey players should be required to wear neck guards.
One of Balkind’s friends started an online petition to make the change.
“I just don’t want anyone going through what I and my community went through,” said fellow hockey player Samuel Brande.
State Representative Nicole Klarides-Ditria (R-Seymour) said the bill is an important compromise.
“I immediately put on my sports training hat and said, ‘We have to do something. We need to do more research,'” she said.
“It’s one of those things that I think everyone was thinking, ‘Everyone should just wear neck guards,'” House Majority Leader Jason Rojas (D-Hartford) said. “And then when you go into this process and really dig into how this policy works, there was a decision to go back to a working group.”
The state Senate expects to approve the youth hockey task force within the next two weeks. Then Governor Ned Lamont is expected to sign the bill.