Former NHL Player Adam Johnson’s Death Under Police Investigation In England

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After what his team called a “freak accident” during Saturday’s game, former NHL player Adam Johnson passed away. English police are now looking into his death.

The Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) team in England, the Nottingham Panthers, revealed on Sunday that Johnson had passed away following a contact with a skate blade in Saturday’s game against the Sheffield Steelers. At 29, Johnson was.

Johnson was transferred to Northern General Hospital in Sheffield after receiving emergency care on the ice. At Sheffield’s Utilita Arena, the Panthers declared a “major medical emergency,” prompting over 8,000 spectators to be evacuated from the venue.

“Officers remain at the scene carrying out enquiries and our investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident remain ongoing,” South Yorkshire Police said in a statement on Monday.

The EIHL postponed all of its games on Sunday, but it hasn’t revealed what will happen to its next scheduled of games on Wednesday.

Johnson played in 13 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins during two separate seasons, from 2018 to 2020. He recorded four assists and one goal. He played for the Philadelphia Flyers and Los Angeles Kings AHL affiliates in addition to spending three seasons in part with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the Penguins’ AHL affiliate.

Moments of silence were observed throughout the NHL on Monday in response to Johnson’s passing, while the Penguins decorated their helmets with “AJ 47” stickers.

“It’s an incredible tragedy,” Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said. “He was a great kid. It was a privilege to be his coach.”

Johnson attended Minnesota-Duluth and was born in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. He was in his first season with the Panthers and had begun his career overseas in 2020.