NEW CANAAN, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — For the primary time, we’re listening to about how the household of 16-year-old Teddy Balkind is doing after his tragic demise.
The sophomore at St. Luke’s died final week throughout an on-ice incident at a hockey sport in Connecticut.
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In a letter to folks at St. Luke’s, head of faculty Mark Davis, says opposite to earlier reviews, Teddy didn’t fall on the ice previous to being fatally injured throughout a junior varsity hockey sport final week.
Instead, Davis says of Teddy, “He was skating upright and low. During the normal course of play, another player’s leg momentarily went into the air and, through no fault of anyone’s, or any lack of control, his skate cut Teddy.”
Davis provides, “These boys were excellent skaters, playing a great and fair game when an unimaginable accident wreaked havoc.”
As CBS2’s Kiran Dhillon reviews, it’s an accident that has left many who liked Teddy affected by profound grief.
Kris Ebner-Martin runs Camp Awosting the place Balkind spent a number of summers.
“Teddy was a light that has been extinguished way too soon. He was funny. He was vivacious,” she stated. “You always knew when he walked in a room because the biggest smile in the room was his.”
Meanwhile within the letter, Davis provides it was necessary for Teddy’s dad and mom to make clear what occurred to him, saying, “Despite their profound grief, the Balkinds are deeply concerned about the well-being of the hockey players and coaches from both schools.”
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Davis goes on to reward the coaches, gamers and medical workers together with docs at Greenwich Hospital that helped Teddy, saying they acted heroically.
Meanwhile, Davis says Teddy’s dad and mom, Leslie and Buck, see what occurred as a horrible accident.
Many of Teddy’s associates agree.
“He was so positive. He didn’t do anything without doing it with a smile on his face,” stated pal Sam Brande.
“He was always happy. Like, no matter what,” pal Andrew Baker stated. “He’d raise everyone’s spirits, even though everyone’s feeling down. He’d be like the sunshine.”
Davis ends his letter saying the Balkind household is aware of the 2 groups concerned at the moment are carrying the burden of this tragedy on their shoulders. The hope is that by clarifying what occurred, a few of that weight could be lifted and the therapeutic course of can start.
As a results of Teddy’s demise, certainly one of his associates has began a petition urging USA Hockey to start out requiring neck guards for gamers.
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CBS2’s Kiran Dhillon contributed to this report.