St. Luke’s hockey player dies after collision during high school game in Greenwich

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A St. Luke’s boys hockey player died after sustaining an injury to his neck during a junior varsity game at the Brunswick School in Greenwich on Thursday afternoon, according to Greenwich police and school officials.

St. Luke’s identified the player Friday as 10th-grader Teddy Balkind.

“During the normal course of the game, a player from the other team [St. Luke’s] fell to the ice,” Greenwich Capt. Mark Zuccerella said in a statement. “Another player who was near the downed player was unable to stop and collided with the player who fell.

“The player on the ice sustained an injury. Game play was stopped and 911 was called. The player was transported to Greenwich Hospital. The student player died as a result of the injury.”

Zuccerella added that the police department had nothing further to report Friday.

“Our community is mourning,” St. Luke’s head of school Mark Davis said in a statement. “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.”

Brunswick Head of School Thomas Philip said in a statement that Balkind suffered a cut to his neck. He said those who were at the game described the play as “entirely normal and unremarkable in the game of hockey.”

“I want to commend our medical, coaching and security staff for all that they did in the most terrible of circumstances to sustain the boy until the ambulance arrived,” Philip wrote.

“We are saddened beyond words,” Philip added in an earlier statement. “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. Tragedies such as this are hard to process and impossible to understand. We will do all we can in the coming days and weeks to help and support those in our community and in the St Luke’s community. We ask that everyone say a prayer for the boy, his family, and all those impacted by this horrible accident.”

The CIAC also extended condolences to the family and the school via Twitter.

“The CIAC extends its heartfelt condolences to the family of the St. Luke’s hockey player and the St. Luke’s community for their tragic loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all impacted by this tragedy.”

The AssociatedLori Riley can be reached at lriley@courant.com.

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