Connecticut 10th grade hockey player Teddy Balkind dies after colliding with another player

GREENWICH, Connecticut – A 10th grade hockey player in Connecticut has died after falling on the ice and being cut in the neck by another player’s skates during a game, school and police officials said.

The accident happened Thursday, when the junior varsity team at Brunswick School, an all-boys college preparatory school in Greenwich, played against St. Luke, a private co-educational school in New Canaan.

St. Luke’s identifies Friday’s player as Teddy Balkind. He fell onto the ice and the other player couldn’t stop and collided with him, Greenwich Police Captain Mark Zuccerella said Friday.

Brunswick School Principal Thomas Philip said in a statement that Balkind suffered a cut to the neck. He said those present at the match described the match as “completely normal and nothing out of the ordinary in a hockey game.”

“I want to commend our paramedics, training and security for all that they did under the worst circumstances to sustain the boy until the ambulance arrived,” Philip wrote.

No classes were held Friday because of the snowstorm, but the St. Luke, Mark Davis said the building will be open in the afternoon so the community can gather to relax.

“There’s no right word so far, and I know we’ll all support each other as much as we can,” he said.

Since Balkind’s tragic death, the need for neck guards has increased. A friend of Balkind started a online recommendations For USA Hockey, neck tear protection is required because the league Balkind participates in only recommends players wear them.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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