The Nottingham Panthers, the crew Adam Johnson was enjoying for when a skate fatally slashed his neck, returned to the ice Saturday for a memorial sport in his honor.
The on-ice incident occurred Oct. 28, and Johnson died shortly after on the age of 29.
Before the sport, the English crew introduced it could be retiring Johnson’s No. 47 as gamers from the Panthers and Manchester Storm stood in a circle at heart ice at Motorpoint Arena.
“He will forever be our No. 47,” announcer Stef Litchfield mentioned. “He was not only an outstanding hockey player but also a great teammate. He was an incredible person with his whole life ahead of him. We will miss him dearly.”
Fans laid flowers, wreaths, jerseys, crew scarves and handwritten notes to honor Johnson on the enviornment.
Panthers gamers wore black jerseys that mentioned “47 Adam Johnson” above their brand, whereas Storm gamers wore white jerseys with the No. 47.
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In the forty seventh minute, followers rose from their seats and gave a loud standing ovation.
Police in England arrested a suspect in Johnson’s dying on suspicion of manslaughter.
The dying of Johnson, who appeared in 13 video games for the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2019 and 2020, has reignited the controversy about participant security and protecting gear, which isn’t mandated within the NHL. The league the Panthers play in will make it obligatory in 2024.
Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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