A young Connecticut hockey player has died after two players collided on the ice during a school game.
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Outside St Luke’s School in New Canaan on Friday, the mood was somber as students and parents gathered to mourn the loss of Year 10 student Teddy Barkind.
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“It’s bad. It’s really bad,” said an 18-year-old student named Calvin. “I felt like it was kind of outreach, I don’t know, sympathy.”
As CBS2’s Kiran Dhillon reports, police say Teddy died after a teenage college hockey game between high school students at St. Luke’s and Brunswick schools on Thursday night.
When two private school teams faced off at the Brunswick ice rink in Greenwich, it was believed that Teddy fell on the ice. Another player who was close to him couldn’t stop at all, and the two collided.
According to a statement sent to Brunswick students, Teddy’s neck was accidentally cut by skates.
When the school’s medical staff came to help, his father was also there.
After the collision, the police said the game stopped immediately and the young player was taken to Greenwich Hospital for help. This is where the boy was declared dead.
St. Luke’s issued a statement, part of which read: “Yesterday, we lost a precious young man in a tragic accident. As we worked hard to support our students and families, St. Luke’s School and Brunswick School was shocked. St. Luke’s only focus at the moment is to take care of our devastated community.”
At the same time, the Brunswick School partly added, “Tragedies like this are difficult to deal with and cannot be understood. In the next few days and weeks, we will do our best to help and support our community and People in the community of St. Luke.”
Teddy has been a camper at Camp Awosting since 2014. The camp sent the following email to the family:
We are sending this email to our Awosting community regarding the death of one of our campers in a tragic accident on Thursday night.
Teddy Balkind is a fearless, beautiful soul, full of energy and a friend to all. He had an infectious, positive personality that quickly spread to others in all aspects of Awosting’s life. A natural leader, he was humbled by his appointment as the 2021 Iroquois Tribe Captain.
You can use to talk to each other about this loss. Everyone copes with grief differently – there is no right way or wrong way. Please take care of yourself and others. Campers, rely on trusted adults; adults, rely on friends you trust. Be kind to each other. #BeMoreTeddy. As service information becomes available, if anyone wants to show the Balkind family of Awosting’s support, we will share this information in a separate email.
We are with you and we will get through this difficult time together.
“Tears like this do happen, however, but are very rare. More rare are severe cases,” said former youth hockey coach Ted Curtin.
He said that while the NHL recommends neck braces for players, only goalkeepers need them.
Curtin added that while it’s unclear if Teddy wore one during the game, there’s no guarantee it would save him.
“One of the problems with neck braces, other than they’re too bulky, is that they don’t eliminate the risk of tearing, and sometimes the skates can hit the neck brace and move to another part of the neck and still penetrate, if that’s What happens, so none of these are perfect,” he said.
For now, Curtin said he and much of the tri-state area hockey community are sending their condolences and prayers to Teddy’s parents and sister.