Video of hockey player skate to neck leaked, Matt Petgrave arrested today
Authorities in England have made an arrest in connection with the tragic death of hockey player Adam Johnson on October 28. Johnson, who suffered a fatal injury when an opposing player’s skate slashed his throat during a game between the Nottingham Panthers and Sheffield Steelers in the Elite Ice Hockey League, has prompted an investigation that resulted in the recent arrest.
The arrest, which was disclosed 17 days after the incident, has not officially identified the individual in custody. However, it is widely presumed to be Sheffield hockey player Matt Petgrave, whose skate made contact with Johnson’s neck during the ill-fated game. A distressing video of the incident captured Johnson falling to the ice, desperately attempting to skate to the bench while clutching his neck. The ice surface was left stained with blood, and Johnson was later pronounced dead after being rushed to a hospital.
South Yorkshire Police Detective Chief Superintendent Becs Horsfall released a statement, saying, “Our investigation launched immediately following this tragedy, and we have been carrying out extensive enquiries ever since to piece together the events which led to the loss of Adam in these unprecedented circumstances.”
The ongoing investigation involves collaboration with specialized experts and the health and safety department at Sheffield City Council. The official release urged the public to avoid making speculative comments that could potentially impede the investigation.
Adam Johnson, 29, hailing from Hibbing, Minnesota, was a former high school hockey star. He played collegiate hockey at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and had a notable career in the NHL and the American Hockey League before making his mark in European ice hockey.