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Players, teams show solidarity following tragic death of Connecticut youth hockey player

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Several teams and players expressed their solidarity after another tragedy struck the hockey world.
Several teams and players expressed their solidarity after another tragedy struck the hockey world.

The hockey world is mourning once again.

On Thursday, 10th-grader Teddy Balkind died after suffering a tragic injury during a junior varsity game between Brunswick School and St. Luke’s School in Connecticut.

Balkind was reportedly struck by an opponent’s skate after falling to the ice, the blade cutting his neck. The teenager was immediately treated by medical staff and taken to hospital, but unfortunately succumbed to his wounds, according to local officials.

As news of the tragedy began to circulate, players and teams from all levels of North American hockey took to social media to pay their respects to Balkind with the hashtag #SticksOutForTeddy.

Statements issued by the heads of both schools involved in the incident and the New Canaan Police Department expressed condolences over the death of “an all around incredible young man, son and brother.”

According to Marissa Alter of local news station News12CT, Balkind spent time mentoring children with developmental disabilities.

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