Former NHL player Adam Johnson, only 29 years old, met a tragic fate during an Elite Ice Hockey League game in England. The game, which took place on Saturday, ended in devastation when Johnson’s neck was slashed by a skate blade.
Former NHL player Adam Johnson tragically died after his neck was slashed by a skate blade during an Elite Ice Hockey League game in England. The incident has left the hockey community devastated, while authorities are conducting an investigation to understand the circumstances surrounding the accident.
A Horrifying Incident:
Johnson was representing the Nottingham Panthers when the incident occurred. As he was leading the puck across the blue line, an opposing player from the Sheffield Steelers accidentally kicked his skate into the air, striking Johnson in the throat area. Despite receiving immediate treatment and being rushed off the ice, Johnson could not recover from his injuries and tragically passed away.
An Ongoing Investigation:
The South Yorkshire Police are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding this heartbreaking incident. They have urged the public to refrain from speculating while they continue their enquiries.
A Heartbroken Hockey Community:
The Panthers expressed their profound grief, referring to the incident as a “freak accident.” They offered their condolences to Johnson’s family, partner, and friends, acknowledging the immense pain they must be experiencing. The entire club, including players, staff, management, and ownership, mourns the loss of Adam Johnson.
A Promising Career Cut Short:
Before his untimely passing, Johnson had played for the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2018 and 2019 seasons, recording a goal and three assists in 13 games. He went on to pursue his hockey career overseas, recently signing with the Panthers for the current season.
The Pittsburgh Penguins also expressed their condolences, stating that Johnson will always be a part of their family. They extended their sympathies to Johnson’s loved ones, former and current teammates, and coaches, remembering him as someone who fulfilled his dream of playing in the National Hockey League.
The Postponement of Games:
In light of Johnson’s tragic passing, the Panthers announced the postponement of their upcoming game against the Glasgow Clan on Tuesday. The team is also considering additional changes to the schedule as they grapple with the loss of their teammate.