Officials stopped the Panthers’ game Saturday against the Sheffield Steelers after Johnson was involved in a collision on the ice during the second period. Johnson’s throat was cut by a skate blade during the collision, according to the team.
Johnson received emergency treatment on the ice, and players eventually returned to the locker room after he was taken to Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital. Nearly 8,000 Sheffield’s Utilita Arena fans were asked to leave the building because of what the Panthers announced as a “major medical emergency.”
“Everyone at the club, including players, staff, management, and ownership, are heartbroken at the news of Adam’s passing,” the Panthers said in a statement. “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 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.:
The EIHL announced that all the games on Sunday, the day after the tragedy, were postponed.
“The thoughts and condolences of everyone connected with the EIHL are with Adam’s family, friends and teammates at this incredibly sad and difficult time,” the league said.
Johnson was born in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, and played at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He appeared in 13 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins over two seasons from 2018 to 2020, scoring one goal and registering four assists. He spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins’ AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and also played for the AHL affiliates of the Los Angeles Kings and Philadelphia Flyers.
The NHL also said, “Our prayers and deepest condolences go to his family, friends and teammates.”
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