Man arrested after death of former NHL player Adam Johnson | ET REALITY


A man was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and later released on bail following the death of hockey player Adam Johnson in Sheffield last month.

Johnson died after being cut in the neck by a skate during a game against the Sheffield Steelers on October 28 in what his club, the Nottingham Panthers, described as a “freak accident.”

South Yorkshire Police opened an investigation and said on Tuesday that a man, who has not been named, had been arrested.

A statement read: “Officers investigating the death of Nottingham Panthers player Adam Johnson have made an arrest. Detectives today (Tuesday, November 14) arrested a man on suspicion of manslaughter. At this time he remains in police custody.

“Our officers are supporting Adam’s family during the investigation. They have asked that his privacy be respected at this incredibly difficult time.”

On Wednesday it was confirmed that the man in question had been released on police bail and the investigation was continuing.

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Detective Chief Superintendent Becs Horsfall said: “Our investigation was launched immediately following this tragedy and we have since been carrying out extensive investigations to piece together the events that led to the loss of Adam in these unprecedented circumstances.

“We have been speaking to highly specialized experts in their field to assist us in our investigations and continue to work closely with Sheffield City Council’s health and safety department, which is supporting our ongoing investigation.

“Adam’s death has shocked many communities, from our local residents here in Sheffield to ice hockey fans around the world. We know that these communities will expect us to handle this investigation with the same professionalism, fairness and sensitivity as any other and will request that the public refrain from comments and speculation that could impede this process. “Our thoughts remain with all those affected by this devastating incident as investigations continue.”

Johnson was taken to Sheffield North General Hospital on October 28, but died later that day as a result of his injury.

An inquest into his death was opened and adjourned on November 3.

Tributes have been paid to Johnson from across the sport, and the Panthers invited fans to attend a memorial event at their home stadium.

The 29-year-old’s death has led to increased pressure on players to protect their necks.

The English Ice Hockey Association (EIHA) announced it would make approved neck guards mandatory equipment for “players at all levels of English ice hockey”.

Editor’s note: Comments on this story are disabled for legal reasons. In the United Kingdom, arrested suspects have the right to privacy until the police officially charge them with a crime.

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