Tragedy struck the ice hockey world as former NHL player Adam Johnson passed away at the age of 29 after a “freak accident” during a game for his English team.
Johnson, who played for the Nottingham Panthers in England’s Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL), lost his life following a harrowing on-ice incident.
The Nottingham Panthers organization expressed their profound grief at Johnson’s passing and halted their game against the Sheffield Steelers when the accident occurred during the second period.
According to the team, Johnson’s throat was inadvertently cut by a skate blade during a collision on the ice.
Tragic Passing of Former NHL Player Adam Johnson
Prompt emergency treatment was administered to Johnson on the ice, and he was subsequently transported to Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital.
The nature of the emergency prompted officials to evacuate nearly 8,000 fans from Sheffield’s Utilita Arena, as the Panthers declared it a “major medical emergency.”
In a heartfelt statement, the Nottingham Panthers conveyed their deep sorrow and extended their condolences to both teams’ fans and staff who were impacted by the devastating news.
They recognized Johnson as not only an exceptional hockey player but also an extraordinary teammate and person, highlighting the profound loss experienced by the entire club.
Adam Johnson, who wore number 47 for the Panthers, had enjoyed an NHL career, making appearances for the Pittsburgh Penguins in 13 games over parts of two seasons from 2018 to 2020. During his time with the Penguins, he scored one goal and contributed four assists.
Johnson had also played for various AHL affiliates, including the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the Los Angeles Kings, and the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Pittsburgh Penguins expressed their condolences and sadness over Johnson’s untimely passing, emphasizing that he would always remain a part of the Penguins family.
The NHL also said their prayers and deepest condolences to Johnson’s family, friends, and teammates.
Johnson’s promising hockey career began at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and he ventured overseas in 2020.
He was in his first season with the Nottingham Panthers, ready to contribute his skills to the EIHL.
His sudden loss has sent shockwaves throughout the hockey community, reminding us all of the fragility of life, even amid a beloved sport.