Connecticut high school hockey player dies after ice collision
A Connecticut high school hockey player died of a collision during a game Thursday in Greenwich, officials said.
The student fell onto the ice during a match, and another player was unable to stop and collided with the fallen player, Greenwich Police Captain Mark Zuccerella said, according to NBC Connecticut and other local media.
The student died of his injury in a hospital, Zuccerella said.
The New Canaan Police Department identified the student as Teddy Balkind, a sophomore at St. Luke School.
“The city of New Canaan and the community of St. Luke’s suffered tragic loss last night,” the ministry wrote in a statement. Facebook post. “Teddy skated for the New Canaan Winter Club throughout his career as a young hockey player and was known to everyone as an amazing young man, son and brother.
The incident occurred during a game between St. Luke’s and Brunswick School in Greenwich, New Canaan police said.
In a statement Friday, St. Luke’s school principal Mark Davis said, “Our community is in mourning. Yesterday we lost a precious young man in a tragic accident. St. Luke’s School and Brunswick School are in shock as we work to support our students and families. St. Luke’s singular goal at this time is to take care of our devastated community.
Brunswick school principal Thomas W. Philip said “we are devastated” and called it “unimaginable tragedy”.
“I, of course, met the principal of St. Luke’s school and contacted the boy’s family to offer him any help, support or assistance possible during such a difficult time,” Philip said in a statement.
He said the school would have no further comments Thursday night out of respect for the family.
“Please keep everyone who is concerned in your prayers,” Philip said.
Tim fitzsimons and Minyvonne Burke contributed.