American hockey player Adam Johnson, 29, has tragically died following a "freak accident" during a game in England. Johnson, a former National Hockey League forward for the Pittsburgh Penguins, was playing for the Nottingham Panthers in the UK Elite League against the Sheffield Steelers on Saturday night when he suffered a serious cut to the neck from a skate.
The Nottingham Panthers announced Johnson's death on social media, expressing their devastation and sending their thoughts to his family, partner, and friends during this difficult time. The team did not provide specific details about the incident but thanked everyone who rushed to support Johnson.
Originally from Minnesota, Johnson played college hockey for the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs before joining the NHL and playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2018 to 2020.
The NHL released a statement expressing their prayers and deepest condolences for Johnson's family, friends, and teammates. The Pittsburgh Penguins also posted a tribute, stating that Johnson will always be a part of the Penguins family.
In response to Johnson's death, the Elite Ice Hockey League announced the postponement of all games scheduled for Sunday. They also requested that the privacy of Johnson's family be respected during this time.
The news of Johnson's tragic death has shocked and saddened the hockey community. His untimely passing serves as a reminder of the inherent risks associated with the sport. As fans and players mourn the loss of a talented athlete, they come together to support Johnson's loved ones and celebrate his contributions to the sport he loved.