Nottingham Panthers star Adam Johnson tragically died after his throat was slashed by the skate of an opposition player in Sheffield on October 28 last year
South Yorkshire Police have confirmed a man has been re-bailed after being arrested on suspicion of manslaughter following the tragic death of ice hockey star Adam Johnson, aged just 29.
Johnson died after his throat was slashed by the skate of an opposition player during Nottingham Panthers’ match against Sheffield Steelers in the Steel City on October 28 last year.
A man was arrested on November 14 and subsequently bailed, and he has now been re-bailed until April 25.
Police said in a statement: “A man who was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter following the death of ice hockey player Adam Johnson in Sheffield has been rebailed.
“Adam, aged 29, was seriously injured during a game between the Sheffield Steelers and Nottingham Panthers on October 28 last year.
“He was sadly later pronounced deceased in hospital. A post-mortem examination confirmed he died as a result of a neck injury.
“On November 14, a man was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and later bailed. Today, he has been rebailed until April 25, 2024.”
Johnson died after an on-ice collision where an opposition player’s skate went airborne, tragically slashing the 29-year-old’s throat.
Around 8,000 spectators were in attendance at the Sheffield Arena when the incident took place. Johnson was rushed to the nearby Northern General hospital after medics issued emergency treatment while being shielded by players.
An inquest into his death heard how Johnson’s fiancee Ryan Wolfe identified his body. She posted on Instagram: “My sweet, sweet angel. I’ll miss you forever and love you always.”
Johnson was laid to rest in his hometown of Hibbing, Minnesota. His family paid tribute to Johnson with a moving obituary. They said: “Adam loved the outdoors and the simple things in life. He enjoyed yard work, fishing, golfing with buddies, playing in the Iron Ice hockey tournament, projects around the house, reading, following the stock market and listening to his favourite music.
“Adam especially enjoyed his quiet coffee time with his fiancee Ryan, dreaming about their future, and taking in the mornings together.
“Adam loved to live a slower life and took pleasure in the small, everyday things. Simple pleasures Adam enjoyed were manually grinding his coffee beans, seeing the colours of each sunset, sitting lakeside by a bonfire with a glass of his favourite red wine, and trying out new dinner recipes. But more than anything, he loved a good deal on Costco steaks.
“He was many things to many people, but to those who were lucky enough to be loved by Adam knew he was thoughtful, patient and genuinely authentic. He loved his fiancee, family, and friends above all else. His loving and quiet demeanour will be eternally missed.”