ARRESTED! Man In Custody After Death Of Hockey Player Adam Johnson

John Simmons | November 14, 2023
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A man in connection with American hockey player Adam Johnson’s death has been arrested.

Johnson, a member of the Elite Ice Hockey League’s (EIHL) Nottingham Panthers, was struck in the neck by a skate blade on October 28th. Matt Petgrave, a member of the Sheffield Steelers, fatally sliced Johnson’s neck, causing him to bleed to death.

Outlets have yet to specifically name the man arrested by the South Yorkshire Police, but Sports Illustrated wrote:

“The assumption is that the arrested individual is Sheffield hockey player Matt Petgrave, whose skate struck Johnson in the neck during the Oct. 28 game.”

If it is indeed Petgrave (which is the safe guess, since no one else caused Johnson any harm), the arrest comes just two days after fans gave Petgrave a standing ovation at a Sheffield Steelers game.

Talk about a change of fortune.

I have no idea why over 8,000 people gave this man any sort of applause. While Petgrave’s intent likely was not to kill Johnson, he did attempt to land a dirty hit on an unsuspecting player.

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Here’s a video of the incident. It’s not gory, but it is tragic. You’ve been appropriately warned.

The EIHL initially labeled this as a “freak accident,” which is a load of nonsense. You don’t accidentally lift your leg off the ice high enough to strike a guy in the head/neck area. While I doubt the intent was to cause Johnson's death, nothing about Petgrave’s move seems “accidental.”

Shockingly, Petrgrave has yet to offer an apology for the incident. I don’t care if you didn’t try to kill the guy, you still did! A lengthy, sincere apology to this man’s family and friends is in order.

It’s unacceptable that Petgrave has not uttered any sentiment of remorse at any point in the two-plus weeks since it happened. Maybe he’ll finally have enough time in his busy schedule to craft an apology - if he is put in custody.

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