Death – Connecticut high school hockey player dies after colliding with another player during game

Death – Obituary

A Connecticut high school hockey player has died after a mid-game collision on the ice, CBS New York reports. Police said Teddy Balkind, a 10th grader at St. Luke’s School, was pronounced dead at a local hospital after the collision, which occurred during a game on Thursday night. 

Officials believe that sometime during the game between St. Luke’s School and Brunswick School, Balkind fell to the ice and another player collided into him, unable to stop, according to CBS New York. 

During the collision, Balkind’s neck was accidentally cut by a skate, according to a message sent to students by Brunswick School that was obtained by CBS New York. Team medical experts were present at the game and administered first aid before he was transferred to Greenwich Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, police said.  

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Teddy Balkind

CBS New York


“Yesterday, we lost a precious young man in a tragic accident,” St. Luke’s School said in a statement to CBS New York. “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.”

Balkind was an avid skater who skated for the New Canaan Winter Club and “was known to all as an all around incredible young man, son and brother,” according to New Canaan police. 

A camp Balkind attended also posted a tribute to the teen, calling him a “fearless, beautiful soul, who was full of life and a friend to all,” CBS New York reported.   

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.