An unthinkable tragedy struck a community in Connecticut last week when a high school hockey player was fatally injured as the result of an accidental collision on the ice as the New York Post reports.
Teddy Balkind was in the 10th grade at New Canann’s St. Luke’s school and was playing in a private school matchup Thursday against the squad from the Brunswick School in Greenwich, according to the Greenwich Time.
Local police stated that during the game, Balkind had fallen to the ice during a routine play, and another player who was skating nearby was unable to stop, causing a collision between the pair, with the local medical examiner’s office announcing on Saturday that the cause of death was a wound to the neck from the moving player’s skate.
Though the match was stopped instantly, and Balkind was transported to Greenwhich Hospital, he ultimately succumbed to the injury.
As Greenwich Time reported separately, Balkind is now being remembered “for his happy and pleasant demeanor,” particularly by those who got to know him during summers he spent at Camp Awosting in Litchfield County.
“Teddy Balkind was a fearless, beautiful soul, who was full of life and a friend to all. He had an infectious, positive personality, which quickly spread to others in all aspects of Awosting life,” read a statement from the camp, which added, “Teddy led by example, was a mentor to our younger campers and was just an amazing young man.”
The hockey world has since come together to memorialize Balkind and offer support to those mourning his tragic death, with the National Hockey League tweeting on Friday, “Our prayers and most heartfelt condolences go out to his family, his St. Luke’s teammates and his many friends.”
In addition, numerous hockey-related organizations and individuals began adding the hashtag #sticksoutforteddy to social media posts that included photos of hockey sticks left outside of front doors – a tradition within the sport used to pay tribute to players who have died.
As a statement from the Brunswick School poignantly noted, “tragedies such as this are hard to process and impossible to understand,” but hopefully Balkind’s friends and family will ultimately be able to find peace and acceptance in the wake of their unimaginable loss.