Hockey player dies after on-ice accident leads to manslaughter charge in UK – Deadline

Hockey player dies after on-ice accident leads to manslaughter charge in UK – Deadline

Updated at 3:20 p.m.: Police in England have arrested a man in connection with the death of hockey player Adam Johnson, who was seriously injured during a match in Sheffield last month. Authorities did not identify the person accused of manslaughter, but said he remained in custody on Tuesday.

The arrest by South Yorkshire Police comes two weeks after Johnson, a player for the Nottingham Panthers, was injured during the European Champions Cup match on October 28 against the Sheffield Steelers of the Elite Ice Hockey League. He collided with Steelers defenseman Matt Berggrave, whose leg came up and cut Johnson’s throat. Johnson died later that night in hospital. He was 29 years old.

Police said a post-mortem examination showed that Johnson, who played seven games with the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins over two seasons from 2018-2020, died of a neck injury.

South Yorkshire Chief Superintendent Bex Horsfall said: “Our investigation began immediately after this tragedy and we have carried out extensive investigations since then to piece together the events that led to Adam going missing in these unprecedented circumstances.” “We have spoken to highly specialist experts in their field to assist with our inquiries and continue to work closely with Sheffield City Council’s Health and Safety Department, which is supporting our ongoing investigation.”

Johnson’s death prompted many professional and amateur hockey leagues to consider or implement the use of on-ice protective neck gear. Cut-resistant protective equipment was among the topics of discussion at the NHL general managers’ meetings Tuesday in Toronto.

Previously, October 29: An ice hockey player died following a freak accident during a game on Saturday, during which he is believed to have been stabbed in the throat.

American professional Adam Johnson (29 years old), who played for the Nottingham Panthers team in the United Kingdom, suffered a horrific injury during a match against the Sheffield Steelers at the Utilita Arena Sheffield on Saturday evening.

Witnesses reported that Johnson appeared to be hit in the neck with another player’s ice hockey blade. the daily Mail One witness quotes that Johnson initially tried to return to his team after the melee but collapsed on the ice, where he was tended to by paramedics and other plays. Screens were set up and 8,000 fans were asked to leave the area while his treatment continued.

Nottingham Panthers confirmed the news of the player’s death, saying they were devastated to lose such a talented player:

“Nottingham Panthers are truly shocked to announce that Adam Johnson has tragically passed away following a freak accident during the match in Sheffield last night.

“The Panthers would like to send our condolences and condolences to Adam’s family, his partner and all his friends at this extremely difficult time.

“Adam, our number 47, was not only an outstanding ice hockey player, but also a great teammate and a great person with his whole life ahead of him.

“Everyone at the club including players, staff, management and ownership are deeply saddened by the news of Adam’s passing.”

Johnson’s mother shared her sadness on social media, saying: “I lost half my heart today.”

The Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) confirmed that Sunday’s matches across the UK have been postponed “in light of this extremely disturbing news”.

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