Report: Man arrested in UK on manslaughter charge in death of hockey player Adam Johnson

Minnesota-native Johnson died October 28 after a skate slashed his throat during a collision on the ice
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The New York Rangers and the Carolina Hurricanes hold a moment of silence for Minnesota-native Adam Johnson prior to their game at Madison Square Garden on November 02, 2023 in New York City. Photo credit (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

There are several reports from Great Britain that a man has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter in the death of pro hockey player Adam Johnson.

The arrest came today according to South Yorkshire Police who've been investigating Johnson's death after he received a skate blade to the neck during a hockey game in the UK.

The 29-year old Johnson is from Hibbing and played two-years at Minnesota-Duluth. He was drafted by the National Hockey League's Pittsburgh Penguins and then began playing in Europe.

He died October 28 after a skate slashed his throat in a collision during a match against Sheffield Steelers.

In a statement, Detective Chief Superintendent Becs Horsfall for the South Yorkshire Police says:

“Our investigation launched immediately following this tragedy and we have been carrying out extensive enquiries ever since to piece together the events which led to the loss of Adam in these unprecedented circumstances.

We have been speaking to highly specialised experts in their field to assist in our enquiries and continue to work closely with the health and safety department at Sheffield City Council, which is supporting our ongoing investigation.

Adam’s death has sent shockwaves through many communities, from our local residents here in Sheffield to ice hockey fans across the world. We know these communities will expect us to handle this investigation with the same professionalism, fairness and sensitivity as any other and request that members of the public refrain from comment and speculation which could hinder this process. Our thoughts remain with all affected by this devastating incident as enquiries continue.”

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