The ice hockey world is in mourning following the devastating news that Adam Johnson, forward for the Nottingham Panthers, has died at the age of 29.
Johnson suffered a critical neck injury after his neck was accidentally cut by a skate during a Challenge Cup game against the Sheffield Steelers.
The incident occurred in the 35th minute of the match, prompting an immediate halt to the game as emergency medical personnel rushed onto the ice to provide urgent care.
Despite their rapid response and the best efforts of the medical team, Johnson's injuries proved fatal.
Adam Johnson was an esteemed member of the Nottingham Panthers, having previously played 13 games in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
After moving to the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) for the 2020-21 season, he had stints with the Ontario Reign and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in the American Hockey League, before joining the Augsburger Panther in Germany. Johnson signed with the Nottingham Panthers in August 2023.
The club expressed their devastation at the loss of Johnson, describing him as an "outstanding ice hockey player," a "great team-mate," and an "incredible person."
The Panthers extended their heartfelt condolences to Johnson’s family, partner, and friends during this incredibly challenging time. Players and fans alike visited Nottingham's Motorpoint Arena on Sunday to pay their respects and lay flowers in memory of Johnson.
In light of this tragic event, the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) has decided to postpone all matches scheduled for Sunday across the UK. The Panthers have also postponed their upcoming games against Manchester Storm and Glasgow Clan.
Adam Johnson’s former teams and the wider ice hockey community have expressed their condolences and shared tributes to the late player.
The Pittsburgh Penguins remembered Johnson as a cherished part of their family, and the NHL extended their prayers and deepest condolences to his loved ones. Fellow ice hockey teams, as well as local MPs, have shared their sympathy and support, highlighting the impact of this tragic loss on the community.
As the ice hockey world comes together to remember Adam Johnson, his legacy as a talented player and beloved teammate will undoubtedly live on. The Nottingham Panthers and the entire ice hockey community are united in grief, and the thoughts of many are with Johnson's family and friends during this unimaginably difficult time.
"Rest in peace Adam."