Adam Johnson died at the age of 29 following the dramatic accident happened in the match between Nottingham Panthers and the Sheffield Steelers. The athlete died following a fortuitous collision with one of his opponents, Matt Petgrave, who cut his throat with the blade of his skate.
The dynamic has a grotesque and freak twist: Petgrave collided with another player before falling and hitting Johnson, who lost so much blood that he stained the ice red. A freak accident, the two teams and the league said in a statement, although the police have opened an investigation. Petgrave has been targeted on social media, where many users and insiders consider him a murderer. "Because he's like that, a dirty player," said Jesse Watters, a political commentator on Fox News.
Former player Chris Therien wrote: "I was literally shocked and disgusted. It seemed intentional. It was a Kung Fu kick. My eyes don't lie, although I wish I was wrong." Sean Avery added: "Did this guy make a very unorthodox move? Was he trying to make contact of some kind? Absolutely.
Do I think he woke up wanting to kill someone that day? Absolutely not."
Police investigate freak death of Adam Johnson
South Yorkshire Police said: "We were called at 8.25pm on Saturday 28 October 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 hospital. Our officers remain at the scene carrying out inquiries and our investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident remain ongoing." SYP, in a new statement shared on Tuesday, added: "As with all unexpected and sudden deaths, it is standard practice for police to investigate the circumstances fully and feedback our findings to HM Coroner." Ryan Wolfe, Johnson's fiancée posted on her Instagram story: “My sweet sweet angel.
I'll miss you forever and love you always." Below you can watch the video shared on World Information Center YouTube page:
Three days ago in Sheffield, England, a white ice hockey player called Adam Johnson was kicked in the throat by a black player called Matt Petgrave.
Adam died soon after the attack. Petgrave has a history of violence against other players. Before any investigation, the antiwhite… pic.twitter.com/eAPGvdBkd5 — Way of the World (@wayotworld) October 31, 2023