Adam Johnson, a 29-year-old American professional ice hockey player, died on Saturday after suffering a serious injury during a game. Johnson, who formerly played for the Nottingham Panthers in the United Kingdom, was up against the Sheffield Steelers at the Utilita Arena Sheffield.
During the match, Johnson is alleged to have been accidentally struck in the throat by another player’s skate blade. Continue reading to learn more.
What Happened to Adam Johnson?
According to The Daily Mail, Johnson heroically attempted to skate back to his team’s side after the incident but fainted shortly thereafter. Medics and teammates raced to his aid, requesting immediate medical attention. The gravity of the issue became clear as screens were erected around the injured athlete, and an enormous crowd of approximately 8,000 people was urged to leave the arena.
Following the horrible incident, the Nottingham Panthers issued an emotional statement announcing the tragic news:
“The Nottingham Panthers are deeply saddened to announce the tragic death of Adam Johnson in a freak accident at last night’s game in Sheffield.” During this difficult time, the Panthers express our heartfelt condolences to Adam’s family, partner, and friends. Adam, who wore jersey number 47, was not only a fantastic athlete on the rink but also a fantastic teammate and person off the court. Adam’s unexpected departure has deeply saddened the entire organization, from players to staff.”
Johnson’s mother, who was struggling under the weight of her loss, resorted to social media to vent her grief, writing, “I lost half my heart today.” The Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) stated Sunday’s scheduled matches across the UK would be postponed as a token of respect and in the aftermath of this extremely painful occurrence.
Brief Details About Adam Johnson
Johnson was born in Hibbing, Minnesota. Following his high school graduation, he played junior hockey in the United States Hockey League (USHL) with the Indiana Ice and Sioux City Musketeers. After going undrafted, he played two seasons of collegiate hockey in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) with the University of Minnesota Duluth.
Johnson clinched Minnesota-Duluth’s position in the 2017 Frozen Four with a power play goal in overtime that helped the team defeat Boston University, 3-2, after playing for the Bulldogs for two seasons in 2016-17, finishing second on the team in goals and points with 18 goals in 42 games. Johnson and the Bulldogs were defeated 3-2 by the University of Denver in the NCAA championship game.
What Followed After Adam Johnson’s Accident
After being called at about 8:20 p.m., the Yorkshire Ambulance Service dispatched two ambulances and a critical care paramedic to the arena. Adam Johnson was taken to the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield for treatment. Due to the gravity of the medical situation, the 8,000 fans in attendance were requested to leave the arena shortly after the occurrence.
Adam Johnson, who previously played for the Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL before moving on to the Swedish Hockey League (SHL), was a rising star in the hockey world. In the American Hockey League, he also played for the Ontario Reign and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
The tragic event has had a tremendous impact on the entire sporting world, and Sheffield Wednesday will observe a minute’s silence before their Championship game against Rotherham to honor Adam Johnson’s untimely death.