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January 1, Cops Nab Suspect After Ex-NHL Star Adam Johnson’s Tragic Demise



Police in England have arrested a suspect in connection with the death of former NHL player Adam Johnson, who tragically died last month when his neck was slashed by the skate of an opposing player. The South Yorkshire Police released a statement Tuesday confirming an arrest in their investigation into the death of 29-year-old Johnson. The suspect, who was not identified by law enforcement, was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.

Police said the suspect remains in custody. The former Pittsburgh Penguins forward was playing in a Challenge Cup game between the Nottingham Panthers and the Sheffield Steelers at Sheffield’s Utilita Arena on Oct. 28 when, during the second period, he suffered a fatal neck wound.

Matt Petgrave, from Sheffield, collided with another player, causing his skate to go up in the air. The Nottingham Panthers later released a statement confirming Johnson’s death, calling it a “freak accident.”

Police said Tuesday that an autopsy revealed his official cause of death was the result of a “fatal neck injury.” “Our investigation launched immediately following this tragedy and we have been carrying out extensive inquiries ever since to piece together the events which led to the loss of Adam in these unprecedented circumstances,” Detective Chief Superintendent Becs Horsfall said in a statement.

“Adam’s death has sent shock waves through many communities, from our local residents here in Sheffield to ice hockey fans across the world. We know these communities will expect us to handle this investigation with the same professionalism, fairness and sensitivity as any other and request that members of the public refrain from comment and speculation which could hinder this process. Our thoughts remain with all affected by this devastating incident as inquiries continue.”

The death of Johnson, who appeared in 13 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2019 and 2020, has reignited the debate around player safety and protective gear. Several NHL players have since spoken out and worn protective neck gear during NHL games. The NHL currently does not mandate protective neck gear.

Why It Matters

The tragic death of ex-NHL player Adam Johnson highlights the importance of player safety in sports. As a conservative, I believe in personal responsibility and the freedom to make our own choices. However, the NHL must take action to protect its players. This incident has reignited the debate around protective gear, and it’s time for the NHL to mandate neck guards. Too often, we’ve seen athletes suffer life-altering or fatal injuries that could have been prevented with better safety measures. It’s crucial that we honor Adam Johnson’s memory by prioritizing player safety and ensuring that such a tragedy never happens again. Let’s put politics aside and protect our athletes.

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  1. Sunshine Kid

    November 17, 2023 at 6:14 am

    The conflict between an accidental death and a murder is the motive. There certainly had to have been a full video of the incident, and if it was an accident, then treat it as such. If it was murder, publish the motive and provide more information to the public as to the method that the accident was made on purpose. In other words, SHOW PROOF, not just speculation, which would never hold up in a court of law.

  2. Hugh Gordon

    November 17, 2023 at 7:56 am

    This was an intentional skate to the neck. He lifted his leg and went after the neck. He was not bumped.MURDER AND HE NEEDS 20 YEARS IN PRISON.🙏

  3. Sissy

    November 17, 2023 at 8:45 am

    I hate to say it, but from my perspective, it appeared to be no accident. It looked as though it was a deliberate aim of the opponent for his neck. I may be, and hope, I am wrong, but I cannot see it any other way at this point. I know this article is about changing policy to protect players, which any rational person would support and this safeguard should be put in place to prevent any further instances like this. However, this should never have happened and I don’t see it as an accident.

  4. Colleen

    November 17, 2023 at 9:47 am

    This happened before, I can’t remember if it was a goalie that it happened to, but it happened in the crease. I saw it occur and do think it was intentional, not to cause death but injury. This guy knows better but did it anyway. Manslaughter charges, definately.

  5. Linda A Morgan

    November 17, 2023 at 11:21 am

    How is this manslaughter? Doesn’t make sense to me.

  6. Jim

    November 17, 2023 at 1:19 pm

    I don’t know British law, but I don’t think it would qualify as ‘pre-meditated murder’ since it would be hard to prove that the suspect player planned before the hockey game to murder the suspect. I do agree that it is an act of ‘willful manslaughter’ in that the suspect intentionally struck the victim knowing that his skate would cause serious injury or death. This was not an accidental tripping or collision during a game, the act was intentional (watch the video). By lifting his leg at that high of an angle to aim at the victim’s throat was an intentional act by the suspect. He should face criminal charges for the death of the victim.

  7. Colleen

    November 18, 2023 at 5:12 pm

    Intentionally lifting his skate after player is down on the ice.

  8. David Reid

    November 18, 2023 at 8:11 pm

    This was a clear case of murder. Matt Petgrave clearly and deliberately kicked his skate into Adam Johnson’s neck with the intention to harm him. CALL IT WHAT IT IS. The previous comments are pathetically weak. It was obvious and intentional. The headline to this article is pathetically weak, as well. “Demise”? The man died. State it plainly. Safety measures for athletes? They don’t need any more protective equipment. The absolute best way to prevent another incident of this sort is to charge Matt Petgrave with murder, because that’s what he committed.

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