A high school hockey player tragically passed away on Thursday night as a result of an injury he suffered on the ice during a game between Brunswick School and St. Luke's school in Greenwich, Connecticut.
According to the Greenwich police department, the event occurred during the normal course of the game, when a player from St. Luke's School fell to the ice in the path of another player, who was traveling towards him, making him unable to stop in time and ultimately resulting in a collision with the downed player.
The player who fell then sustained an injury. And once it became apparent that the player was in distress, the game was halted and 9-1-1 was immediately called, with the player being taken to Greenwich Hospital for further care.
Hours later, the player passed away.
“We are devastated; an unimaginable tragedy," said Head of Brunswick School Thomas Phillip in a statement to WTNH News 8.
"I have, of course, met with the Head of School at St Luke’s and have contacted the boy’s family to offer whatever help, support, or assistance we can during such a challenging time. Please keep all concerned in your prayers. Out of respect for the family, we will have no further comment at this time.”
One cannot imagine the horrors that the family involved in this tragic event are experiencing right now. It is the hope of everyone that the hockey community rallies around those affected to offer them support and condolences in this time of need.