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Heartbroken hockey community pays tribute to teen whose neck was cut by a fellow player’s skate


Touching tributes poured in Friday night for a Connecticut high school hockey player who died after having his throat cut by a fellow player’s skate in a tragic accident during a game. 

Teddy Balkind, who was in 10th grade, died in Greenwich 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. 

As word spread of his death, the hashtag ‘sticks out for Teddy’ began circulating with an image of a hockey stick, a reference to the sad tribute in 2018 when a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos team, from Canada’s Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, collided with a tractor-trailer, killing 15 people – players, coaches, and a broadcaster. 

Brian Munz of Canada’s TSN network posted a picture from a friend in Humboldt who had left a single stick on his front porch, tweeting: ‘Leaving it out on the porch tonight. The boys might need it … wherever they are. #SticksOutForHumboldt.’

On Friday night, the tragic tradition continued for Teddy.  

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 hockey world is hurting over the tragic loss of Teddy Balkind yesterday,’ tweeted Kevin Shattenkirk, a member of the U.S. Olympic team and current Anaheim Ducks defenseman, who went to school in Greenwich. 

‘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.’

Fellow Anaheim Ducks player Adam Henrique tweeted: ‘Sad to hear about the tragic loss of Teddy Balkind. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Balkind family. #sticksoutforteddy.’

Martin St. Louis, a Canadian Olympian who played in the NHL until his retirement with the New York Rangers, tweeted a photo of his front door, captioned: ‘Sticks out for Teddy.’  

Cam Atkinson, who was born in Greenwich and now plays forward for the Philadelphia Flyers, tweeted: ‘I’m heartbroken for the Balkind family and everyone who knew and loved Teddy. 

‘We’re sending our love to the St. Luke’s and Brunswick communities. A horrible tragedy playing the game we all love.’

The Dallas Penguins junior hockey league also urged their community to join in the tribute. 

‘DJHA would like to express our condolences to the family of Teddy Balkind & we stand with the hockey community in #sticksoutforTeddy tonight,’ they said. 

‘PensNation, join us in putting your stick out and turning your porch light on for Teddy. What a loss for us all.’ 

Teddy was playing against Brunswick School when he fell. 

As he lay on the rink, another player sped towards him and collided with him, with his father watching from the stands. 

That player’s skate slashed his neck, according to school and police officials. 

The freak accident sent the community into mourning on Friday. Teddy’s grieving family has not yet commented.   

The teenager 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

The teenager 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

The student was a student at St. Luke’s School in New Canaan, Connecticut. The school is closed on Friday 



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