American hockey participant Adam Johnson has died after a “freak accident” throughout a sport in England on Saturday, his membership stated.
The 29-year-old Minnesota native was enjoying for the Nottingham Panthers in a Problem Cup sport towards the Sheffield Steelers when he suffered a slashed neck throughout the second interval of the sport at Sheffield’s Utilita Enviornment.
“The Nottingham Panthers are really devastated to announce that Adam Johnson has tragically handed away following a freak accident on the sport in Sheffield final evening,” the crew stated Sunday morning.
“The Panthers wish to ship our ideas and condolences to Adam’s household, his accomplice, and all his associates at this extraordinarily tough time. Everybody on the membership together with gamers, employees, administration and possession are heartbroken on the information of Adam’s passing.”
Minnesota-born Johnson performed for the Pittsburg Penguins within the Nationwide Hockey League earlier than spending the 2020-21 season in Sweden with the Malmo Redhawks.
He went on to play within the AHL for the Ontario Reign and in Germany for the Augsburg Panther earlier than agreeing to affix Nottingham for the 2023-24 marketing campaign.
“Our ideas are additionally with the followers and employees of each golf equipment, particularly those that attended or have been following the sport, who might be devastated following at this time’s information,” the crew added.
“The Panthers wish to thank everybody who rushed to assist Adam final evening in probably the most testing of circumstances. Adam, our quantity 47, was not solely an excellent ice hockey participant, but in addition an excellent teammate and an unimaginable particular person together with his entire life forward of him. The membership will dearly miss him and can by no means ever neglect him.”
The UK Elite League introduced that the three video games scheduled for Sunday in Belfast, Fife and Guildford have been postponed following Johnson’s demise.