NEW CANAAN, Connecticut (CBSNewYork) – The tragic death of a 16-year-old Connecticut boy who died after being injured in a high school hockey game reverberates in our community.
CBS2’s Kiran Dhillon spoke to Those Who Loved 16-year-old Teddy Balkind.
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He is remembered as a born leader and young man with a positive personality and an infectious smile who was passionate about his family, friends and love for the sport.
Andrew Baker is Teddy’s longtime friend.
“He was always happy. Like, whatever, ”he said. “It would boost everyone’s morale, even if everyone feels bad. He would be like the sun.
The two spent seven summers together at Camp Awosting, a boys’ night camp in Morris.
“I’m still in shock that, like, he’s still – he, like, he’s just not here anymore.” I don’t feel like he’s gone, ”Andrew said.
Officials say the 10th grade student at St. Luke’s School in New Canaan died after a college junior hockey game Thursday night.
While his school faced Brunswick School in a game in Greenwich, Teddy fell on the ice. Another player who was near him couldn’t stop and the two collided.
It is believed that Teddy’s neck was accidentally cut by a skate.
The teenager was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
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“Teddy was a light that went out far too soon. He was funny. He was lively,” said Kristin Ebner-Martin, Camp Awosting co-owner. “You always knew when he walked into a room because the most the room’s big smile was hers. “
Ebner-Martin says Teddy was a fearless leader who was a mentor to other campers. She says that although he had a deep love for mountain biking, he was good at everything.
“He’s won many awards for mountain biking at camp,” she said. “He loved water skiing a lot and was on the canoe team and all that… He was so complete. He made himself known throughout the camp, so he was in tree climbing, he was in arts and crafts, he was in ceramics, he was in archery.
Ebner-Martin says hundreds of employees and campers are now in mourning.
Meanwhile, tributes for the teenager are pouring in now.
The NHL, New York Rangers and Islanders have all sent their condolences.
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Many people have also started posting pictures of hockey sticks on social media.
Andrew says his friend would be honored with love.
“He would be so humiliated to know, for example, that people are thinking of him right now,” he said. “He would be really happy. “
The community at his camp is now asking those who can to get their hockey sticks out for Teddy. The hope is that the support will bring comfort to his family.
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Kiran Dhillon of CBS2 contributed to this report. Editor’s Note: This story first appeared on January 8.