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Lawmaker proposes mandatory neck guards after hockey death

A Connecticut state lawmaker says she plans to introduce legislation requiring all hockey players to wear a neck guard or a similar protective device during practice or games.

The proposed legislation follows the death last week of a 10th-grade player, 16-year-old Benjamin Edward "Teddy" Balkind, whose neck was cut by a skate. While the governing body for interscholastic sports among secondary schools in the state requires all hockey players to wear neck protection, state Rep. Nicole Klarides-Ditria says the rules don't apply to private schools or youth hockey programs.

The incident involving Balkind occurred during a game between two private schools.

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