Teddy Balkind, a 16-year-old ice hockey player, has died. slashed by the skate of a rival in a match between two schools in Connecticut, in the United States. The teenager fell to the ice, another young man collided with him, and the blade of his skate cut his neck.
After the tragic accident, the game was stopped and the school’s medical staff rushed to help him. Balkind was taken to a hospital where he was Underwent surgery by the doctors at Greenwich Hospital, but a few hours later he died due to serious injuries.
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The captain of the Greenwich police, Marz Zuccerella detailed how the accident was: “A player from the other team fell to the ice and another player who was close to the one who had been knocked down could not stop and crashed into him. Balkind died as a result of the injury.”
According to witnesses at the scene, Teddy Balkind’s father was present on the pitch as the youngster from St. Luke’s School collided with his rival from Brunswick School, the local school.
The fact was of such importance that in all the matches of the last day of the NHL -the highest ice hockey league-, Balkind was remembered with an image on the big screen and a minute of silence was observed.
The school statement after the tragic death
A few hours after the death of the 16-year-old player was announced, the school authorities published a statement: “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,” they wrote.
In turn, from the St. Luke school they affirmed that the only “focus” they have at this time is to “caring for the school community that has been devastated”.
For his part, Thomas Philipp, director of the Brunswick School in Connecticut where the tragedy occurred, gave his version of the event: “During an ice hockey game, a skate accidentally cut the neck of a member of the opposing team. Everyone who witnessed the play apparently described it as a completely normal and uncomplicated action.”
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“The boy was treated immediately by our medical staff and was eventually transported to Greenwich Hospital where he was treated in the emergency room and then operated on.. Tragically, he did not survive the operation.”Philip recounted in dialogue with Hearst Connecticut Media.
The director described the incident as a “unimaginable tragedy very difficult to process and impossible to understand”, and assured: “We will do everything we can in the coming days and weeks to help and support those in our community and in the community of St. Luke’s”.