UPDATED, 3:20 PM: Police in England have arrested a person in reference to the loss of life of hockey participant Adam Johnson, who was gravely injured throughout a sport in Sheffield final month. Authorities didn’t determine the one who 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 sport 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 harm.
“Our investigation launched immediately following this tragedy and we have been carrying out extensive inquiries ever since to piece together the events which led to the loss of Adam in these unprecedented circumstances,” South Yorkshire Chief Superintendent Becs Horsfall mentioned. “We have been speaking to highly specialized experts in their field to assist in our inquiries and continue to work closely with the health and safety department at Sheffield City Council, which is supporting our ongoing investigation.”
Johnson’s loss of life has led a number of professional and novice hockey leagues to contemplate or implement using protecting neck gear on the ice. Reduce-resistant protecting gear was among the many matters of debate on the NHL Common 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 staff within the UK suffered the horrific harm 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 Each day Mail quotes one witness reporting that Johnson initially tried to skate again to his staff after the conflict however collapsed on the ice, the place he was cared for by medics and different performs. Screens had been erected, and eight,000 followers requested to depart the realm as his remedy continued.
Nottingham Panthers have confirmed the information of the participant’s loss of life, saying they had 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 sport in Sheffield final night time.
“The Panthers wish to ship our ideas and condolences to Adam’s household, his companion, and all his pals at this extraordinarily troublesome time.
“Adam, our quantity 47, was not solely an impressive ice hockey participant, but in addition an awesome team-mate and an unbelievable individual together with his entire life forward of him.
“Everyone at the club including players, staff, management and ownership are heartbroken at the news of Adam’s passing.”
Johnson’s mom shared her disappointment on social media, saying: “I lost half my heart today.”
The Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) confirmed Sunday’s matches throughout the UK have been postponed “in light of this deeply upsetting news.”