Manslaughter arrest made following death of former UMD hockey player Adam Johnson
Johnson died after his neck was cut by another player's skate during a game in late October
November 15, 2023
Investigators in England arrested a man on suspicion of manslaughter more than two weeks after the death of Adam Johnson - a former Minnesota Duluth hockey player from Hibbing who died after his neck was cut by another player's skate during a game in late October.
Johnson, 29, playing for the Nottingham Panthers, was carrying the puck into the offensive zone on Oct. 28 when Sheffield Steelers defenseman Matt Petgrave's skate blade slashed below his helmet. Johnson dropped to the ice and was later helped off by a teammate, his jersey and the ice both bloodied. Johnson died at the hospital - the result of the fatal neck injury.
"Our investigation launched immediately following this tragedy and we have been carrying out extensive enquiries ever since to piece together the events which led to the loss of Adam in these unprecedented circumstances," detective chief superintendent Becs Horsfall said Tuesday in a news release from South Yorkshire Police.