Tributes paid to Panthers star after ‘freak accident’

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Tributes have been paid to Nottingham Panthers ice hockey star, Adam Johnson, after he died following a “freal accident” on Saturday evening (October 29).

Johnson passed away after he received what appeared to be a cut to his neck from a blade at Panthers’ game at Sheffield Steelers.

In a statement, the Nottingham club said: “The Nottingham Panthers are truly devastated to announce that Adam Johnson has tragically passed away following a freak accident at the game in Sheffield last night.

“The Panthers would like to send our thoughts and condolences to Adam’s family, his partner, and all his friends at this extremely difficult time.

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

“Our thoughts are also with the fans and staff of both clubs, especially those who attended or were following the game, who will be devastated following today’s news.

“The Panthers would like to thank everyone who rushed to support Adam last night in the most testing of circumstances.

“Adam, our number 47, was not only an outstanding ice hockey player, but also a great teammate and an incredible person with his whole life ahead of him. The Club will dearly miss him and will never ever forget him.

“We ask that the privacy of Adam’s family and friends, and everyone at the club is respected at this difficult time as we all seek to come to terms with our grief.

“Rest in peace Adam.”

Following the incident, the Elite Ice Hockey League cancelled all games scheduled to be played on Sunday, saying it was “heartbroken” to hear the news.

The Panthers have also postponed their game against Glasgow Clan, scheduled for tomorrow (October 31).