Man Arrested on Suspicion of Manslaughter in Hockey Player Adam Johnson’s Death Released on Bail – On Wednesday, officials in England revealed that the individual taken into custody on manslaughter charges related to the passing of hockey player Adam Johnson has been granted bail. “Our investigation continues and we will provide further updates as and when we can,” a news release from the South Yorkshire Police Department said, while confirming the man was no longer in custody.
The UK law dictates that the suspect’s identity will remain confidential until formal charges are filed. A video from the October 28 game captures Sheffield Steelers player Matt Petgrave’s skate blade connecting with Adam Johnson’s neck following a hit. Johnson, aged 29 and a former player for the Nottingham Panthers and the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins, received on-ice treatment before being taken to Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital, where he was subsequently declared dead.
Following what was described at the time as a “freak accident,” police in England said they would open an investigation. “Our investigation launched immediately following this tragedy and we have been carrying out extensive inquiries ever since to piece together the events which led to the loss of Adam in these unprecedented circumstances,” Detective Chief Superintendent Becs Horsfall said in a statement, according to the Associated Press.
On Tuesday, the South Yorkshire Police Department, as reported by the BBC, acknowledged the apprehension of an unnamed individual on suspicion of manslaughter. Johnson, an alum of the University of Minnesota Duluth, participated in 13 NHL games, representing the Penguins during the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons. Beyond the NHL, he ventured into the American Hockey League and played internationally in Sweden, Germany, and most recently in the Elite Ice Hockey League.