UPDATED, 3:20 PM: Police in England have arrested a person in reference to the demise of hockey participant Adam Johnson, who was gravely injured throughout a recreation in Sheffield final month. Authorities didn’t establish the one who was charged with manslaughter however stated he remained in custody Tuesday.

The arrest by South Yorkshire Police comes two weeks after Johnson of the Nottingham Panthers was injured throughout an October 28 Champions Cup recreation towards the Sheffield Steelers of the Elite Ice Hockey League. He collided with Steelers defenseman Matt Pergrave, whose leg got here up and slashed Johnson’s throat. Johnson died later that evening at a hospital. He was 29.

Police stated a postmortem examination confirmed that Johnson, who performed seven video games with the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins over two seasons from 2018-20, died from a neck damage.

“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,” South Yorkshire Chief Superintendent Becs Horsfall stated. “We have been speaking to highly specialized experts in their field to assist in our inquiries and continue to work closely with the health and safety department at Sheffield City Council, which is supporting our ongoing investigation.”

Johnson’s demise has led a number of professional and newbie hockey leagues to think about or implement the usage of protecting neck gear on the ice. Reduce-resistant protecting tools was among the many matters of debate on the NHL Basic Managers conferences Tuesday in Toronto.

PREVIOUSLY, October 29: An ice hockey participant has died following a freak accident throughout a match on Saturday, throughout which he’s believed to have taken a blade to his throat.

American skilled Adam Johnson, 29, who performed for the Nottingham Panthers workforce within the UK suffered the horrific damage throughout a match towards the Sheffield Steelers at Utilita Area Sheffield on Saturday night.

Witnesses reported that Johnson appeared to have been struck within the neck by an ice hockey blade of one other participant. The Day by day Mail quotes one witness reporting that Johnson initially tried to skate again to his workforce after the conflict however collapsed on the ice, the place he was cared for by medics and different performs. Screens had been erected, and eight,000 followers requested to go away the realm as his remedy continued.

Nottingham Panthers have confirmed the information of the participant’s demise, saying they had been devastated to lose such a proficient participant:

“The Nottingham Panthers are really devastated to announce that Adam Johnson has tragically handed away following a freak accident on the recreation in Sheffield final evening.

“The Panthers want to ship our ideas and condolences to Adam’s household, his accomplice, and all his mates at this extraordinarily tough time.

“Adam, our quantity 47, was not solely an impressive ice hockey participant, but in addition an ideal team-mate and an unbelievable particular person along with his complete life forward of him.

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

Johnson’s mom shared her unhappiness on social media, saying: “I lost half my heart today.”

The Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) confirmed Sunday’s matches throughout the UK have been postponed “in light of this deeply upsetting news.”