Teddy Balkind’s heartbreaking Instagram post after winning the hockey state championship before horror death
TEDDY Balkind’s Instagram post after winning the hockey state championship has been revealed.
The young hockey star shared a picture of the team at the Northford Ice Pavilion back in March 2020.
The caption read: "It’s been a great 8 years with the winter club and it ended in the best way possible#state champs."
The tenth graderat St Luke’s School in New Canaan, Connecticut died after a horror accident, when a skate sliced his neck during a hockey game.
During a game Thursday night, Balkind fell on the ice and while he was on the ground, another player who was near him who was unable to stop in time, collided with him, according to officials.
The game was immediately stopped and Balkind was rushed to Greenwich Hospital where he died from his injuries, cops said.
Students at St Luke’s School, along with their families, gathered together Friday evening to pay their respects while friends and family have flooded social media with tributes for the teen.
“Yesterday, we lost a precious young man in a tragic accident,” St. Luke’s School said in a statement to students, seen by CBS 2.
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“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 School added: “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.”
The NHL’s official Twitter account also made a statement on Balkind’s passing.
“The National Hockey League mourns the tragic passing of Teddy Balkind, a member of the hockey family lost too soon,” it read, along with the hashtag.
“Our prayers and most heartfelt condolences go out to his family, his St. Luke’s teammates and his many friends.”
"The hockey world is hurting over the tragic loss of Teddy Balkind yesterday," tweeted Kevin Shattenkirk, a member of the U.S. Olympic team and current Anaheim Ducks defenseman.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the young players from St. Luke's and Brunswick and especially the Balkind family. Rest In Peace Teddy #SticksOutForTeddy."
Anaheim Ducks player Adam Henrique tweeted: "Sad to hear about the tragic loss of Teddy Balkind. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Balkind family. #sticksoutforteddy."
Cam Atkinson, who plays forward for the Philadelphia Flyers, tweeted: "I'm heartbroken for the Balkind family and everyone who knew and loved Teddy.
"We're sending our love to the St. Luke's and Brunswick communities. A horrible tragedy playing the game we all love."
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