TRAGEDY struck St. Luke’s School in New Canaan when a sophomore hockey player was killed following an accident during a game.
Connecticut teenager Teddy Balkind passed away from injuries he suffered during a game against Brunswick School in Greenwich on Thursday, January 6, 2022.
Who are Teddy Balkind’s parents?
There is currently little public information regarding Teddy Balkind’s parents.
According to CBS 2, Balkind’s father was in attendance at the game when the accident occurred.
On Friday, January 7, 2022, a vigil was held by the students at faculty of Balkind’s high school, St. Luke’s.
The school’s administration released a statement on Friday addressing the tragedy.
“Yesterday, we lost a precious young man in a tragic accident,” said the statement.
“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.”
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What happened to Teddy Balkind?
During the game on January 6, Balkind reportedly fell on the ice.
While he was on the ground, another player – who was unable to stop in time – collided with him, his skate reportedly slicing Balkind’s neck.
The game was immediately stopped and Balkind was rushed to Greenwich Hospital where he later died from his injuries, according to police.
Head of Greenwich Police Department Marc Zuccerella said “gameplay was stopped and 911 was called,” while medical staff treated the sophomore hockey player until the ambulance arrived.
After arriving at the hospital, Zuccerella added that Balkind “tragically…did not survive the operation.”
The opposing school, Brunswick, also released a statement following Balkind’s death.
“Tragedies such as this are hard to process and impossible to understand,” they wrote.
“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.”
What have people said about Teddy Balkind?
Since his passing, tributes have poured out for Balkind from a number of big names.
The NHL – National Hockey League – took to Twitter on Friday to honor Balkind, writing: “The NHL mourns the passing of Teddy Balkind. #sticksoutforTeddy”
They also attached an image with the words: “Our prayers and most heartfelt condolences go out to his family, his St. Luke’s teammates and his many friends.”
A number of the tributes include the hashtag #SticksOutForTeddy, along with photographs of hockey sticks left on people’s front porches, in remembrance of the lost player.
Anaheim Ducks player Kevin Shattenkirk wrote via Twitter: “The hockey world is hurting over the tragic loss of Teddy Balkind yesterday.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the young players from St. Luke’s and Brunswick and especially the Balkind family. Rest In Peace Teddy #sticksoutforTeddy.”
“The New York Rangers send their deepest condolences to the family, friends and community of Teddy balkind, who tragically passed away as the result of an accident during a Connecticut high school hockey game on Thursday night,” the NY Rangers tweeted on Friday.
“While it’s hard to put into words the impact of such a loss, know that our thoughts, prayers and hearts are with you.”