Hockey Community remembers St. Luke’s Teddy Balkind after hockey tragedy

On Thursday night, a horrible tragedy occurred during a high school hockey game between Brunswick School and St. Luke’s School in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Tenth grader Teddy Balkind fell to the ice during the game. He was accidentally caught by another player who was unable to stop in time. The collision proved fatal for Balkind, whose neck was slit by a skate.

Unfortunately, after being rushed to Greenwich Hospital, he died from the injuries sustained during the game. St. Luke’s School held a vigil for students and family Friday night to honor the memory of Teddy Balkind.

The hockey community is mourning the loss. It was shockingly announced by Sam Rosen on MSG Network during Thursday night’s game at the studio where he and Joe Micheletti broadcast the Rangers’ loss at Vegas from. It didn’t take long for an outpouring of support for Balkind from the NHL.

Kudos to the NHL, the teams and its players for recognizing the tragedy. Sticks out for Teddy Balkind. 🏒😥💜

Prayers go out to the family, St. Luke’s and Brunswick, along with the Connecticut hockey community. 🏒⭐✨

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of Hudson administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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