Bruins Players Honor Life Of High School Hockey Player Teddy Balkind

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The hockey world is mourning the loss of a 10th-grade hockey player from Connecticut, who died in a collision during a game earlier this week.

The incident happened in a game between the junior varsity teams of Brunswick School of Greenwich and St. Luke's of New Caanan. During the game, a player later identified as Teddy Balkind fell on the ice and collided with another player.

Balkind's neck was cut by the opponent's skate during the collision. The other player was unable to get out of the way in time to avoid the collision. Balkind was taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead, according to CBS News.

In reaction to Balkind's death, hockey teams, players, and fans have been honoring the young hockey player's life by using the hashtag "sticksoutforTeddy" and posting photos of hockey sticks resting against a wall.

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Bruins forward Nick Foligno took to Twitter to offer his condolences to the Balkind family.

"Just heard the unimaginable news and wanted to send our comfort and strength to the Balkind’s and the friends around them as they mourn the loss of Teddy," Foligno wrote. "Life is precious. This has been another harsh reminder."

His teammate, goalie Jeremy Swayman, showed his support by posting the "sticksoutforTeddy" hashtag.

The official Bruins account also posted their condolences to the Balkind family on Twitter.

The Boston Bruins are heartbroken by the tragic passing of Teddy Balkind," the tweet reads. "Our hearts are with Teddy’s family, friends, teammates and the entire Connecticut hockey community."

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