On October 28, the person from Minnesota passed away when a player from the opposing team accidentally struck him in the neck with a skate.
Authorities in England have apprehended a suspect linked to the tragic passing of hockey player Adam Johnson on October 28. Johnson suffered a fatal injury when an opposing player’s skate slashed his throat during a match between the Nottingham Panthers and Sheffield Steelers in the Elite Ice Hockey League.
The arrest, disclosed on Tuesday, occurred 17 days after the incident. However, South Yorkshire Police have refrained from revealing the individual detained.
A press release from the department stated that detectives had arrested a man on suspicion of manslaughter. The suspect is currently in police custody.
Authorities suspect the individual in custody to be Sheffield hockey player Matt Petgrave. It’s believed that his skate struck Johnson in the neck during the October 28 game.
A distressing video captured Johnson’s fall and subsequent attempt to skate to the bench while grasping his neck. The ice was smeared with blood, and despite efforts, Johnson succumbed to his injuries after being rushed to the hospital.
Detective Chief Superintendent Becs Horsfall of South Yorkshire Police stated, “Our investigation commenced immediately after this tragic incident, and we’ve been diligently conducting thorough inquiries to reconstruct the events leading to Adam’s loss in these unparalleled circumstances.”
“We’ve consulted specialized experts to aid our inquiries and maintain a tight collaboration with Sheffield City Council’s health and safety department, crucial in supporting our ongoing investigation.
Adam’s passing has reverberated through numerous communities, from our Sheffield locals to global ice hockey enthusiasts. We understand these communities anticipate our handling of this investigation with professionalism, impartiality, and sensitivity.
We kindly ask the public to abstain from commenting or speculating, as it might impede our progress. Our heartfelt thoughts are with everyone affected by this tragic incident as we persist in our inquiries.”
Johnson, aged 29, hails from Hibbing, Minnesota, where he soared as a high school hockey luminary. After a dynamic two-year stint on the ice at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, he transitioned to competing in the NHL and the American Hockey League before embarking on his current European ice odyssey.