The incident took place Thursday at a school in Greenwich, Connecticut.
A high school ice hockey player has died after sustaining a skating injury during a fight in what school officials called an “unimaginable tragedy.”
The accident happened Thursday night during a junior university game at Brunswick School, a preparatory school in Greenwich, Connecticut. The visiting team was from St. Luke’s, a preparatory school in New Canaan.
During the battle, a St. Luke’s player to the ice, and a Brunswick player who was unable to stop collided with him, police said.
“The game was stopped and 911 was called,” Greenwich Police Department captain Mark Zuccerella said in a statement.
St. The Luke’s player’s neck was cut off by the skate blade, Brunswick school officials said in a letter sent to alumni Friday. The boy was treated by Brunswick medical staff before being transported to a local hospital, but “tragically, he did not survive the operation,” Brunswick officials said.
New Canaan Police Department identified St. Luke’s student as sophomore Teddy Balkind.
“Teddy skated for the New Canaan Winter Club throughout his youth hockey career and was known by all as an incredibly young man, son and brother,” the department said. Social Media. “The men and women of the New Canaan Police Department offer our deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers to the Balkind family and all those affected by this tragic incident.”
Brunswick officials described the game before the crash as “completely normal and imperceptible.”
“We are devastated; an unimaginable tragedy,” school principal Thomas Philip of Brunswick said in a statement to ABC News. “I have, of course, met with the headmaster at St. Luke’s and have contacted the boy’s family to offer the help, support or assistance we can in such a challenging time.”
St. Luke’s was closed Friday and did not hold any classes or after-school activities.
“Our community mourns,” said St. Luke’s school principal Mark Davis in a statement to ABC New York station WABC Friday. “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 unique focus at the moment is to take care of our ruined society. “
Brunswick officials said the school has arranged advice and support for the hockey team as needed in the coming days.
The accident sent shock waves throughout the shattered hockey community in Connecticut and beyond.
“We woke up this morning with the heaviest hearts after hearing about the tragic loss of one of New Canaan’s own,” New Canaan Hockey said on Twitter. “Teddy was a wonderful young man, always smiling, a great teammate. No words are enough for the grief we all feel.”
North Attleboro High School Hockey in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, called it an “incomprehensible loss of a young hockey player.”
“Our BIG RED HOCKEY family sends our thoughts, love and prayers to St. Luke’s and Brunswick hockey communities,” the team said on Twitter.
ABC News’ Victoria Arancio, Will Reeve and Darron Reynolds contributed to this report.