Nottingham Panthers forward Adam Johnson dies from a serious neck cut
The game against the Sheffield Steelers paused in the 35th minute as the 29-year-old American received emergency treatment.
The Panthers were “devastated” according to the statement they relesed as Adam Johnson had died following a “freak accident”.
“The club will dearly miss him and will never ever forget him,” they said.
“Adam Johnson, 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 other Players visited Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena on Sunday to pay tribute.
The Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) confirmed Sunday’s matches across the UK have been postponed “in light of this deeply upsetting news”.
“The thoughts of everyone connected with the EIHL are with Adam’s family, friends and team-mates at this incredibly sad and difficult time,” the EIHL said.
The Panthers were supposed to play Manchester Storm on Sunday and but due the incident that club their home game against Glasgow Clan on Tuesday has been postponed.
The Panthers tweeted shortly after the incident that the 8,000 fans in attendance had “been asked to leave the building due to a major medical emergency”.
“Our thoughts are also with the fans and staff of both clubs, especially those who attended or were following the game, who will be devastated following today’s news,” the Panthers said.
“The Panthers would like to thank everyone who rushed to support Adam last night in the most testing of circumstances.
“We ask that the privacy of Adam’s family and friends, and everyone at the club is respected at this difficult time as we all seek to come to terms with our grief.
“Rest in peace Adam.”
Johnson played in North America’s National Hockey League (NHL) previously, playing 13 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
He made the move to the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) for the 2020-21 season before spells with the Ontario Reign and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in the American Hockey League.
Johnson played for Augsburger Panther in Germany before signing for the Nottingham Panthers in August.
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