Thursday, 27 Jan 2022

Student killed in horror ice hockey accident after tripping over fallen opponent

A high school student died as a result of horror injuries he received during an ice hockey game.

Teddy Balkind sustained injuries due to a collision on ice in the US state of Connecticut on Thursday evening during a match between an all-boys prep school and a nearby private school in New Canaan.

During the game, “a player from the other team fell to the ice,” according to a statement from Greenwich Police told to the Greenwich Time.

“Another player who was near the downed player was unable to stop, and collided with the player who fell,” Police Captain Mark Zuccerella said.

The young hockey player was rushed to hospital where he “died as a result of the injury.”

The head of Brunswick School where the high schooler attended, Thomas Philip told Greenwich Time that he met with the head of the nearby private school, Mark Davis to discuss the situation.

Mr Philip has also contacted the boy’s family to offer support.

“We are devastated,” Mr Philip said. “An unimaginable tragedy.”

In a statement to CNN, Mark Davis, head of St. Luke's School in New Canaan, confirmed the player who died was from his school.

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"Our community is mourning," Davis said. "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."

"We are saddened beyond words," Thomas W. Philip, head of Brunswick School, told CNN. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the boy, the players and coaches on both teams, the entirety of the St Luke's School community, and our own students and families."

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