Former Pittsburgh Penguins center Adam Johnson, 29, died Saturday after his neck was severely cut during a game in the United Kingdom.
The Penguins signed Grand Rapids, Minnesota native Johnson in 2017 after he played college hockey for Minnesota-Duluth. He played 70 games for their Wilkes-Barre farm team in 2017-18. He then spent time with both Wilke-Barre and the Penguins in the next two seasons. Johnson totaled four points in 13 games for the Penguins.
Johnson, playing for the Nottingham Panthers, suffered the fatal injury in an Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) game on a collision with another player. Reportedly, he tried to skate back to the bench, but was stopped by teammates who summoned medical assistance.
Players from both teams gathered around Johnson as medical personnel tried to save him. Fans were sent home and the came was called off when Johnson was taken to the hospital.
The Nottingham Panthers are truly devastated to announce that Adam Johnson has tragically passed away following a freak accident at the game in Sheffield last night. pic.twitter.com/lhSOkDu03Q
— The Nottingham Panthers (@PanthersIHC) October 29, 2023
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Nursing a three-game losing streak, the Detroit Red Wings (5-3-1) play on the road against the New York Islanders. The Islanders are 4-2-1. Islanders goalie Ilya Sorokin is 3-1 with a 2.80 goals-against average and .915 save percentage.
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