US ice hockey player Adam Johnson dies after neck cut
American ice hockey player Adam Johnson, who was playing with the UK ice hockey team Nottingham Panthers, has died after suffering a cut to his neck from a skate during Saturday’s Challenge Cup match.
The game against the Sheffield Steelers was stopped in the 35th minute as Johnson, 29, received emergency treatment on the ice.
The Panthers said on Sunday they were “devastated” Johnson had died following a “freak accident”.
“The club will dearly miss him and will never ever forget him,” they added.
“Adam, our number 47, was not only an outstanding ice hockey player, but also a great team-mate and an incredible person with his whole life ahead of him.
“The Panthers would like to send our thoughts and condolences to Adam’s family, his partner, and all his friends at this extremely difficult time.
“Everyone at the club including players, staff, management and ownership are heartbroken at the news of Adam’s passing.”
The Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) confirmed Sunday’s matches across the UK have been postponed “in light of this deeply upsetting news”.