Teddy Balkind's final post revealed as tributes paid to high school hockey star who died when skate sliced his neck
TEDDY Balkind’s final Instagram post has been revealed as tributes to the young hockey star, who died when a skate sliced his neck, have flooded social media.
The tenth grader shared pictures of him on a BMX bike with the words, “Great race on a great track”, back in October.
The comments are filled with people expressing condolences over the teen’s passing.
Balkind fell on the ice during a game Thursday night. While on the ground, another player collided with him. The game was immediately stopped as Balkind was rushed to the local hospital where he later died.
Since then tributes from family and friends all the way to professional athletes in the National Hockey League.
The hashtag “sticks out for Teddy” has started to spread on social media. People have been posting images of hockey sticks as a tribute to the teen.
The trend is in reference to a tragic 2018 incident when a bus carrying the Humboldt Bronco team, from Canada’s Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, smashed into a tractor-trailer.
Fifteen people were killed including players, coaches and a broadcaster.
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During the time of the incident, Brian Munz of Canada’s TSN network posted a picture of a friend who left a hockey stick on his front porch with the caption: “Leaving it out on the porch tonight. The boys might need it…wherever they are. #SticksOutForHumboldt.”
The tradition is now continuing to honor Balkind’s life.
'STICKS OUT FOR TEDDY'
On January 7, the NHL’s official Twitter account made a statement on Balkind’s passing.
“The National Hockey League mourns the tragic passing of Teddy Balkind, a member of the hockey family lost too soon,” it read, along with the hashtag.
“Our prayers and most heartfelt condolences go out to his family, his St. Luke’s teammates and his many friends.”
"The hockey world is hurting over the tragic loss of Teddy Balkind yesterday," tweeted Kevin Shattenkirk, a member of the U.S. Olympic team and current Anaheim Ducks defenseman.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the young players from St. Luke's and Brunswick and especially the Balkind family. Rest In Peace Teddy #SticksOutForTeddy."
Anaheim Ducks player Adam Henrique tweeted: "Sad to hear about the tragic loss of Teddy Balkind. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Balkind family. #sticksoutforteddy."
Cam Atkinson, who plays forward for the Philadelphia Flyers, tweeted: "I'm heartbroken for the Balkind family and everyone who knew and loved Teddy.
"We're sending our love to the St. Luke's and Brunswick communities. A horrible tragedy playing the game we all love."
St. Luke’s, where Balkind attended school, sent an email to parents on Friday with the words: “Our community is mourning.
“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. Thank you for your concern and for respecting our need to grieve.
“There are no words adequate to this moment, and I know all of us will support each other as best as we can.”
The school was due to operate remote classes on Friday because of heavy snow, but was closed instead due to the tragedy.
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