Hockey starlet Teddy Balkind killed after skate slashes neck in freak accident

High school student and ice hockey starlet Teddy Balkind was tragically killed in a freak accident during match on Thursday night.

The 10th grade student was fatally injured after he fell to the ice and had his neck sliced by another player's skate while playing for St. Luke's School against Brunswick School.

It is understood his father was present at the match in New Canaan, Connecticut, with emergency services immediately called before he later died in hospital.

Students from St. Luke's and their families gathered at the school on Saturday to pay tribute to the teenager following his tragic passing.

St. Luke's released a statement on Friday regarding the incident which read: “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.”

Hockey fans across the country have paid tribute to Teddy by leaving their own hockey sticks outside their front doors.

Tributes have also poured in from the wider ice hockey community with a number of National Hockey League teams sending their condolences to Teddy's friends and families.

The NHL also posted their own tribute to him on social media, with the statement reading: “The National Hockey League mourns the tragic passing of Teddy Balkind, a member of the hockey family lost too soon.

"Our prayers and most heartfelt condolences to his family, his St. Luke’s teammates and his many friends.”

His death came as a result of a freak accident during the game and former youth hockey coach Ted Curtin has explained how such a tragedy is so rare.

Curtin told RT: “Lacerations like that do happen but it is very rare. More rare is when it’s anything severe.

"One of the problems with the neck guards, besides them being so cumbersome, is they didn’t eliminate the risk of lacerations and sometimes the skate would hit the neck guard and move to another part of the neck and still penetrate… so these aren’t flawless."

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