Adam Johnson died last night in a “freak accident” which involved his throat being cut by an opponent’s blade.

The Nottingham Panthers player, who spent time playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL, signed for the Panthers this year and has played in 4 of the world’s biggest Ice Hockey Leagues.

After the injury, screens were brought onto the ice and CPR was administered to the player.

The crowd of 8,000 in the Utilita Arena Sheffield witnessed the event and the game between the Nottingham Panthers and Sheffield Steelers was cancelled.

South Yorkshire Police said: “We were called at 8: 25 PM yesterday to reports that a player had been seriously injured during a Sheffield Steelers versus Nottingham Panthers game at the Utilita Arena in Sheffield.

“Officers attended the scene alongside other emergency services and one man, aged in his 20s, was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

“Sadly, he was later pronounced deceased at the hospital. 

“Our officers remain at the scene carrying out enquiries today and our investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident remains ongoing.”

Fans of ice hockey around the world have been sending in tributes for Adam Johnson including his team the Nottingham Panthers who said: “The Panthers would like to send our thoughts and condolences to Adam’s family, his partner, and all his friends at this extremely difficult time.

“Everyone at the club including players, staff, management and ownership are heartbroken at the news of Adam’s passing.”

Adam Johnson was just 29 years old.

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