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Police Arrest Suspect Who Slit The Throat Of NHL Player Adam Johnson

A former Pittsburgh Penguins player, Adam Johnson, tragically lost his life during a hockey match last month where an opposing player slit his throat with the blade of his skate.

British police have now arrested the suspect involved in the murder of Adam Johnson, charging him with manslaughter.

The investigation continues to get to the bottom of the murder.

However, I am not including any graphic images in this post.

I want to warn anyone who may click on an X or linked news article that the video of the incident is graphic.

Fox News shares more on the incident:

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.”

Some people want to refer to the incident as a ‘freak accident,’ but many disagree and believe that the kick was intentional.

ESPN shares more:

Video of the incident showed Johnson skating with the puck toward the Steelers’ net. Petgrave skated toward Johnson and collided with another Panthers player, and Petgrave’s left skate kicked up as he began to fall and the blade hit Johnson in the neck.

Both players landed on the ice, and Petgrave immediately got to his feet. Johnson rose more slowly and was helped off the ice, with his jersey covered in blood. He later died at a local hospital.

His death has since prompted a number of different leagues throughout the sport to examine their player safety measures when it comes to potentially using neck protection devices.

It started when the English Ice Hockey Association announced two days after Johnson’s death that it would make neck guards mandatory starting in 2024 as part of a three-step plan.

NHL general managers convened in Toronto on Tuesday and cut-resistant equipment — along with overall protection — was a hot topic of discussion.


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