Former Penguins Player Dies After Tragic In-Game Injury

Tragedy has struck the hockey world, as former Pittsburgh Penguins forward Adam Johnson has died after being cut in the neck by a skate blade in an EIHL game. 

The 29-year-old was involved in a collision in the Nottingham Panthers game Saturday night in England's Elite Ice Hockey League. His throat was cut by a skate blade, leading to emergency treatment on the ice. The game was suspended and fans were sent home. Tragically, Johnson died later in hospital.

"Everyone at the club including players, staff, management, and ownership are heartbroken at the news of Adam's passing," the Panthers said in a statement. "Our thoughts are also with the fans and staff of both clubs, especially those who attended or were following the game, who will be devastated following today's news.

"Adam, our number 47, was not only an outstanding ice hockey player, but also a great teammate and an incredible person with his whole life ahead of him. The Club will dearly miss him and will never ever forget him."

Johnson appeared in 13 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins over parts of two seasons from 2018 to 2020, recording one goal and four assists. 

Our condolences go out to Johnson's family, friends and past teammates.   

Photo: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports