UPDATED, 3:20 PM: Police in England have arrested a person in reference to the demise of hockey participant Adam Johnson, who was gravely injured throughout a recreation in Sheffield final month. Authorities didn’t determine the one that was charged with manslaughter however mentioned he remained in custody Tuesday.
The arrest by South Yorkshire Police comes two weeks after Johnson of the Nottingham Panthers was injured throughout an October 28 Champions Cup recreation in opposition to the Sheffield Steelers of the Elite Ice Hockey League. He collided with Steelers defenseman Matt Pergrave, whose leg got here up and slashed Johnson’s throat. Johnson died later that night time at a hospital. He was 29.
Police mentioned a postmortem examination confirmed that Johnson, who performed seven video games with the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins over two seasons from 2018-20, died from a neck damage.
“Our investigation launched instantly following this tragedy and we have now been finishing up in depth inquiries ever since to piece collectively the occasions which led to the lack of Adam in these unprecedented circumstances,” South Yorkshire Chief Superintendent Becs Horsfall mentioned. “We’ve got been talking to extremely specialised consultants of their subject to help in our inquiries and proceed to work intently with the well being and security division at Sheffield Metropolis Council, which is supporting our ongoing investigation.”
Johnson’s demise has led a number of professional and novice hockey leagues to think about or implement using protecting neck gear on the ice. Reduce-resistant protecting tools was among the many matters of debate on the NHL Normal Managers conferences Tuesday in Toronto.
PREVIOUSLY, October 29: An ice hockey participant has died following a freak accident throughout a match on Saturday, throughout which he’s believed to have taken a blade to his throat.
American skilled Adam Johnson, 29, who performed for the Nottingham Panthers workforce within the UK suffered the horrific damage throughout a match in opposition to the Sheffield Steelers at Utilita Enviornment Sheffield on Saturday night.
Witnesses reported that Johnson appeared to have been struck within the neck by an ice hockey blade of one other participant. The Daily Mail quotes one witness reporting that Johnson initially tried to skate back to his team after the conflict however collapsed on the ice, the place he was cared for by medics and different performs. Screens have been erected, and eight,000 followers requested to go away the world as his remedy continued.
Nottingham Panthers have confirmed the information of the participant’s demise, saying they have been devastated to lose such a gifted participant:
“The Nottingham Panthers are actually devastated to announce that Adam Johnson has tragically handed away following a freak accident on the recreation in Sheffield final night time.
“The Panthers want to ship our ideas and condolences to Adam’s household, his associate, and all his buddies at this extraordinarily troublesome time.
“Adam, our quantity 47, was not solely an excellent ice hockey participant, but in addition a fantastic team-mate and an unbelievable individual along with his entire life forward of him.
“Everybody on the membership together with gamers, employees, administration and possession are heartbroken on the information of Adam’s passing.”
Johnson’s mom shared her disappointment on social media, saying: “I misplaced half my coronary heart right now.”
The Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) confirmed Sunday’s matches throughout the UK have been postponed “in gentle of this deeply upsetting information.”