published : 2023-11-15
Suspect Arrested in Connection with Death of Ex-NHL Player Out on Bail as Family Speaks Out
Johnson was laid to rest in Minnesota last week
The family of former NHL player Adam Johnson, who tragically died during a game in England last month after suffering a fatal cut to the neck by the skate of an opposing player, is now speaking out after police made an arrest related to his death.
The South Yorkshire Police announced on Tuesday that a suspect has been taken into custody in connection with the October 28th incident, during which Johnson was playing for the Nottingham Panthers.
While the identity of the suspect has not been disclosed by the police, an update on Wednesday revealed that the individual had been released on police bail.
Despite this development, the investigation is ongoing and the police department assures that further updates will be provided as and when available.
Kari, Johnson's aunt, expressed her satisfaction with the diligence of the investigators' work, stating that she is glad they are taking the case seriously.
She also added that no matter the outcome, she is prepared to accept it, but she appreciates the effort being exerted to uncover the truth.
Adam Johnson, who had previously played 13 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2019 and 2020, was participating in a Challenge Cup game between the Nottingham Panthers and the Sheffield Steelers at Sheffield's Utilita Arena when tragedy struck.
In the second period of the match, during a collision between players, Johnson suffered a devastating neck wound caused by Matt Petgrave's skate unexpectedly going up in the air.
Following this incident, the Nottingham Panthers issued a statement acknowledging the unfortunate death of Johnson and describing it as a 'freak accident.'
Days later, Johnson was laid to rest in Minnesota, where his family and friends paid their final respects to the talented former NHL player.
An obituary written by Johnson's family reflected on his qualities, describing him as a thoughtful, patient, and genuinely authentic person who loved his fiancée, family, and friends above all else.
While the loss of Johnson is deeply felt, his family hopes that his kind and quiet nature will be forever remembered and cherished.
In this tragic and deeply emotional tale, the arrest of a suspect brings both hope and uncertainty for the family of Adam Johnson.
As the investigation continues and more details unfold, the truth behind the death of this beloved ex-NHL player may finally be revealed.