PICTURED: Connecticut high school hockey player who died when his neck was cut by a fellow player’s skate after a fall during game
- Teddy Balkind was playing for St. Luke ‘s, a private school in New Canaan, Connecticut, on Thursday night
- He fell to the ground and another player smashed into him once he was down
- That player’s ice skate somehow sliced Teddy’s neck and accidentally killed him
- The head of the school that Teddy attended said ‘we lost a precious young man in a tragic accident’
A Connecticut high school hockey player has died after having his throat cut by a fellow player in a tragic accident during a game between their two private schools on Thursday night.
Teddy Balkind, who was in 10th grade, died in the hospital on Thursday night, shortly after the incident during his 5pm game. He was a student at St Luke’s, a private school in New Canaan, Connecticut.
He was playing against Brunswick School when he fell last night. As he lay on the rink, another player sped towards him and collided with him.
That player’s skate slashed his neck, according to school and police officials cited by The Associated Press.
The freak accident sent the community into mourning on Friday. Teddy’s grieving family has not yet commented.
Teddy Balkind, who was in 10th grade, died in the hospital on Thursday night, shortly after the incident during his 5pm game. He was a student at St Luke’s, a private school in New Canaan, Connecticut
The teenager has not been named but he was a student at St Luke’s, a private school in New Canaan, Connecticut. He was playing against Brunswick School, an all boys prep school, at Brunswick’s Hartong Rink on Thursday night (pictured) when he fell to the ground
In an email to parents on Friday, St. Luke’s Head of School Mark Davis said: ‘Our community is mourning.
‘Yesterday, we lost a precious young man in a tragic accident. 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. Thank you for your concern and for respecting our need to grieve.
‘There are no words adequate to this moment, and I know all of us will support each other as best as we can.’
The school – which was due to operate remote classes only on Friday because of heavy snow – is now closed.
Greenwich Police Captain Mark Zuccarello told The Greenwich Times on Thursday that another player collided with Balkind once he was on the ground.
‘A player from the other team fell to the ice. Another player who was near the downed player was unable to stop, and collided with the player who fell,’ he said.
St. Luke’s is a co-ed private school in New Canaan, a wealthy suburb in Connecticut.
Tuition for the school year of 2021-2022 runs as high as $47,000.
The student was a student at St. Luke’s School in New Canaan, Connecticut. The school is closed on Friday