Hockey player Adam Johnson died after sustaining a skating cut

Hockey player Adam Johnson died after sustaining a skating cut

NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) — American hockey player Adam Johnson, who appeared in 13 NHL games with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2019 and 2020, died after his neck was cut by a skate blade during a game in England on Saturday, his team said. . He was 29 years old.

Johnson was playing for the Nottingham Panthers in a Challenge Cup match against the Sheffield Steelers when he was cut on his skate during the second period of an Elite Ice Hockey League game at the Utilita Arena in Sheffield.

“Nottingham Panthers are truly shocked to announce that Adam Johnson has tragically passed away following a freak accident during the game in Sheffield last night,” the team said on Sunday.

“The Panthers would like to send our thoughts and condolences to Adam’s family, his partner and all his friends at this very difficult time. Everyone at the club including players, staff, management and ownership are deeply saddened by the news of Adam’s passing.

Johnson, a Minnesota native, spent 13 games during parts of the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons playing with Pittsburgh in the NHL before spending the 2020-21 season in Sweden with the Malmo Redhawks. He had a goal and three assists for the Penguins.

“The Pittsburgh Penguins join the entire hockey world in mourning the life of Adam Johnson, whose life was tragically cut too soon,” the Penguins said Sunday in a statement. “We extend our deepest condolences to Adam’s family and friends, as well as all his past and present teammates and coaches. Adam will always be a part of the Penguins family.”

Johnson played college hockey at Minnesota Duluth, helping the Bulldogs reach two NCAA tournaments. He scored the winning goal in overtime in the 2017 tournament, sending Minnesota Duluth to the Frozen Four with a win over Boston University.

He also played for three American Hockey League clubs during his career and in Germany with the Augsburger Panthers in the 2022-23 season before agreeing to join Nottingham for this season.

The team added: “Our thoughts are also with the fans and staff of both clubs, especially those who attended or followed the match, and who will be shocked by today’s news.”

“The Panthers would like to thank everyone who came forward to support Adam last night in the most difficult circumstances. Adam, our number 47, was not only an outstanding ice hockey player, but also a great teammate and a wonderful person who had his whole life ahead of him. The club will miss him greatly and will never forget him” .

The League announced the postponement of the three matches scheduled for Sunday in Belfast, Fife and Guildford after Johnson’s death. The Nottingham match, which was scheduled for Tuesday, was also postponed.

It’s tough news, said Ian Laperriere, who coached Johnson with the AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

“Great kid (and) teammate,” Laperriere said in a text message. “Only great things can be said about him.”

The NHL has been subject to skate cut scares throughout its history, most notably Buffalo goaltender Clint Malarchuk, who was struck in the neck by a blade during a game against St. Louis on March 22, 1989. Malarchuk received prompt medical attention and played again 10 days later.

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