By Daniel Davis For Mailonline Revealed: 19:40 GMT, 18 November 2023 | Up to date: 19:54 GMT, 18 November 2023
Adam Johnson’s Nottingham Panthers team-mates have paid an emotional tribute to the previous ice hockey star of their first match since his tragic demise.Johnson, 29, died after an opposing participant’s skate slashed his neck throughout a sport in Sheffield on October 28. A person has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.The Panthers took to the ice on the Motorpoint Enviornment on Saturday to stage a memorial sport and ‘have a good time the lifetime of Adam and the outstanding particular person he was’. A tribute to Johnson was held earlier than the sport and the ten,000 spectators contained in the venue will rise to applaud within the forty seventh minute, a nod to Johnson’s quantity.The group chanted Johnson’s title and clapped as each groups shaped a circle across the midway line. The gamers then banged their sticks in opposition to the ice. A big signal above the rink proclaimed Johnson as ‘Perpetually Our 47′.The pleasant match in opposition to Manchester Storm is not going to rely towards both group’s Elite Ice Hockey League tallies, it has been confirmed. Johnson’s household are watching their sport from their residence in Minnesota. The person arrested on suspicion of manslaughter has been launched on police bail.Following the collision, Johnson was taken to hospital and later pronounced useless. South Yorkshire Police confirmed the arrest on Tuesday however stated the next day that the person had been launched on bail. The investigation stays ongoing.The Panthers will subsequent play their first Elite League sport since Johnson’s demise on 26 November in opposition to Belfast Giants on the Motorpoint Enviornment.Omar Pacha, the membership’s chief govt, thanked supporters for his or her persistence.’We need to honour Adam and the whole lot about who he was as an individual and a participant,’ he stated.’It is certain to be an emotional evening however a particular one too as we come collectively to recollect Adam, however that is additionally an essential course of for getting the group again on the ice.’Every participant goes by their very own course of and there’s no strain on any of them.’Johnson beforehand performed 13 instances for Pittsburgh Penguins within the NHL. Extra to observe.
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Adam Johnson’s team-mates pay an emotional tribute to the previous ice hockey star as Nottingham Panthers maintain a memorial sport after his demise… with gamers and 1000’s of followers celebrating ‘outstanding particular person’