Teenage hockey player killed in game cried on and off the ice
The death of a young athlete who died in a collision between two ice hockey players during a game earlier this week is being mourned in areas near and far inside and outside the community hockey.
Teddy Balkind, a resident of Fairfield County, CT, was 16 years old and a grade 10 student at St. Luke’s School in New Canaan.
The incident which led to his death occurred around 5 p.m. on Thursday, January 6, during a junior varsity match at Brunswick Upper School in Greenwich.
Balkind fell onto the ice, and another player who was near him couldn’t stop, and the two collided, Greenwich Police Captain Mark E. Zuccerella said. Balkind, whose neck was injured in the incident, was rushed to Greenwich Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The Brunswick hockey team took to Twitter to mourn the loss of Balkind.
The National Hockey League issued a statement saying, “Our prayers and deepest condolences go out to his family, his St. Luke teammates and his many friends.
The New York Rangers issued a statement “expressing their deepest condolences to the family, friends and community of Teddy Balkind,” adding “Although it is difficult to put words into words on the impact of such a loss, know that our thoughts, prayers and hearts are with you. “
“The hockey world is suffering the tragic loss of Teddy Balkind,” Kevin Shattenkirk, an NHL Anaheim Ducks defenseman who grew up in neighboring Westchester County, New Rochelle, wrote on Twitter. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the young players of St. Luke’s and Brunswick and in particular the Balkind family. Rest in peace Teddy #sticksoutforTeddy.”
Shattenkirk’s teammate, center Adam Henrique, wrote on Twitter: “Sad to hear of the tragic loss of Teddy Balkind. My thoughts and prayers are with the Balkind family.”
Balkind attended Camp Awosting, a summer camp for boys ages 6 to 15 in Litchfield County, Connecticut, in the town of Morris, which posted a series of photos honoring him on its Facebook page, writing :
Our friend forever, Our summers together, Our sunshine, Our boy – our best time, Our high energy and our favorite laugh, ATVs first, the waterfront after, Every time Teddy walked into a room , smiles followed, Happiness ensued, Our angel, our loss. We will miss you and we will love you. “
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