LONDON (AP) — Police in England arrested a person Tuesday on suspicion of manslaughter within the loss of life of American ice hockey participant Adam Johnson, whose neck was reduce by a skate throughout a sport.
Johnson, 29, was enjoying for the Nottingham Panthers towards the Sheffield Steelers on Oct. 28 when he was struck by an opponent’s skate blade within the Elite Ice Hockey League sport at Sheffield’s Utilita Area.
South Yorkshire Police didn’t identify the suspect or present his age. He was in police custody.
Matt Petgrave, 31, who performs for Sheffield, was the opposite participant concerned within the grisly incident that reverberated across the hockey group and led to moments of silence within the NHL.
Video of the incident reveals Johnson skating with the puck towards the Steelers web. Petgrave skates towards Johnson and collides with one other Panthers participant. Petgrave’s left skate kicks up as he begins to fall and the blade hits Johnson within the neck.
Each gamers land on the ice. Petgrave instantly received to his toes. Johnson rose extra slowly and as he’s helped off the ice, his jersey is roofed in blood. He later died at a neighborhood hospital.
“Our investigation launched instantly following this tragedy and we have now been finishing up intensive inquiries ever since to piece collectively the occasions which led to the lack of Adam in these unprecedented circumstances,” Detective Chief Superintendent Becs Horsfall stated.
It might be uncommon, however not unprecedented, for a hockey participant to be charged.
Giacinto “Jim” Boni was charged in Italy with culpable murder after he slashed Miran Schrott within the chest throughout a sport on Jan. 14, 1992, and Schrott died because of a cardiac occasion. Boni pleaded responsible to manslaughter.
Two NHL gamers in current historical past have been charged with a criminal offense in Canada for an on-ice motion: Marty McSorley and Todd Bertuzzi.
In 2000, McSorley was discovered responsible of assault with a lethal weapon for a two-handed slash to the top of Donald Brashear together with his stick. He was sentenced to 18 months probation.
In 2004, Bertuzzi pleaded responsible to assault for grabbing Steve Moore from behind and sucker punching him. Bertuzzi agreed to a plea deal and was sentenced to 1 yr probation and 80 hours of group service.
The Panthers stated on X, previously generally known as Twitter, that Johnson died tragically following a “freak accident.”
Nottingham teammate Westin Michaud, who posted tributes to Johnson, additionally defended Petgrave for what he stated was an “unintentional clip” with the opposite participant that uprighted him.
“The hate that Matt is receiving is horrible and utterly uncalled for,” Michaud posted. “It’s clear to me his actions had been unintentional and anybody suggesting in any other case is mistaken. Let’s come collectively and never unfold unwarranted hate to somebody who wants our help.”
On Sunday, on the Steelers first residence sport since Johnson’s loss of life, a second of silence was held for him. Petgrave didn’t play within the sport, however followers gave him a standing ovation when his crew picture appeared on the scoreboard.
Johnson was a Minnesota native who appeared in a complete of 13 NHL video games with the Pittsburgh Penguins within the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.
The English Ice Hockey Affiliation, which governs the game under the Elite League, reacted to Johnson’s loss of life by requiring all gamers in England to put on neck guards from the beginning of 2024.
A spokesman for the EIHL stated the league can not touch upon an ongoing police investigation. A Nottingham Panthers spokesman stated the group had no remark. Messages searching for remark despatched to Johnson’s agent, a pal of the household, and Petgrave’s crew weren’t instantly returned.
AP Hockey Author Stephen Whyno in Washington contributed.
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