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Connecticut 10th grade hockey player dies after collision on ice

GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) – A hockey player in Connecticut’s 10th grade has died after falling to the ice and being cut in the neck by another player’s skate during a match, school leaders and police said.

The accident occurred Thursday when the junior college team at Brunswick School, a pre-school school for boys in Greenwich, played St. Luke’s School, a private joint school from New Canaan.

St. Luke’s identified the player on Friday as Teddy Balkind. He fell to the ice and the other player was unable to stop and collided with him, Greenwich Police Chief Mark Zuccerella said on Friday.

The headmaster of Brunswick, Thomas Philip, said in a statement that Balkind got a wound in the neck. He said those who were at the game described the play as “completely normal and imperceptible in the hockey game.”

“I would like to commend our medical, coaching and security staff for everything they did in the most horrific circumstances to sustain the boy until the ambulance arrived,” Philip wrote.

No classes were held on Friday due to a snowstorm, but St. Luke’s school principal Mark Davis said the building would be open in the afternoon so the community could gather to mourn.

“There are no words that are sufficient for this moment and I know we will all support each other as best we can,” he said.


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