Man Released on Bail in Connection with Nottingham Panthers Player’s Death Investigation


Man Released on Bail in Connection with Nottingham Panthers Player’s Death Investigation

A man arrested on suspicion of manslaughter related to the death of Nottingham Panthers player Adam Johnson has been released on police bail. South Yorkshire Police confirmed the release, stating, “Our investigation continues, and we will provide further updates as and when we can.”

Adam Johnson sustained serious injuries during a game between Nottingham Panthers and Sheffield Steelers on October 28, leading to his subsequent death. A post-mortem examination revealed that the 29-year-old died from a fatal neck injury.

Detective Chief Superintendent Becs Horsfall emphasized the ongoing nature of the investigation, with extensive inquiries being conducted to piece together the events surrounding the tragic incident. Specialized experts and collaboration with the health and safety department at Sheffield City Council have been integral to the inquiry.

Horsfall urged the public to refrain from speculation or comments that could hinder the investigative process. The communities affected by Adam’s death, including local residents in Sheffield and ice hockey fans globally, are expected to receive the investigation’s due professionalism, fairness, and sensitivity.

An inquest into Johnson’s death commenced on November 3, and Sheffield’s senior coroner, Tanyka Rawden, has issued a Prevention of Future Deaths Report to Ice Hockey UK and the English Ice Hockey Association. The report expresses concern about potential future deaths if neck guards or protectors are not worn. Rawden called on governing bodies to take action, and they have 56 days to respond about the steps taken or reasons for inaction.

The EIHA has announced that neck guards will be mandatory from 2024, but the Elite Ice Hockey League, not under EIHA’s control, has opted against making them mandatory. Instead, the league will strongly encourage players and officials to wear neck guards, responding to the tragedy that sent shockwaves through the ice hockey community.

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