Johnson died after taking a skate to the throat at the blue line in an EIHL (British League) game this weekend.
If you haven’t seen the hit, this is a link to it…it shows the impact but not the gruesome aftermath.
Collin Rugg on X: “JUST IN: Police are investigating the death of hockey player Adam Johnson after he got slashed in the neck by opposing team member Matt Petgrave’s skate. Online social media users are split on whether the kick was intentional or an accident. It is currently not completely clear… https://t.co/7kJRFzPilr” / X (twitter.com)
I will say in all of the thousands of hours I’ve watched hockey live or on TV, I’ve never seen anyone’s skate fly up to head level that quickly.
Johnson played for Duluth and faced Miami a number of times before turning pro and logging time with the Penguins. Really solid all-around player.
The charge-or-not-to-charge debate has blown up recently, but since everyone here typically agrees on most things, I thought I’d toss it out here for a definitive conclusion.