Boston Bruins honor late Connecticut hockey player Teddy Balkind in pre-game ceremony

The Boston Bruins paid tribute Wednesday night to Teddy Balkind, the New Canaan teenager who died of an injury during a hockey game last week.

Captain Patrice Bergeron hung a Bruins jersey adorned with “BALKIND” and the number 5 behind the bench before the game against the Montreal Canadiens. There was also a minute’s silence at TD Garden before the game.

“A beloved teammate and incredible young man, he was friends with many in the New Canaan, Connecticut community,” said the announcer during the pre-match ceremony. “Teddy will be remembered for his contagious smile and his love and passion for hockey.

“The Bruins organization joins the greater hockey community in offering our thoughts and prayers to Teddy’s friends, teammates and Balkind family.

Also Wednesday night, the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack held a moment of silence for Balkind ahead of their game against the Charlotte Checkers at the XL Center.

Balkind, a sophomore at St. Luke’s School, was accidentally cut in the neck by another player’s skate during a junior varsity game at Brunswick Academy. Balkind was taken to Greenwich Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Brunswick Varsity team played their first game since Wednesday night’s accident at the Hartong Rink in Greenwich. Members of the Brunswick and Millbrook teams lined up before the game and raised their sticks after a moment of silence.

Catherine J. Martinez