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On behalf of everyone at 2fawcett Recruitment, we can’t put into words how deeply devastated we are at the news of Adam Johnson’s passing. Our condolences go out to Adam’s family, friends, teammates, coaches, staff and fans of the Nottingham Panthers during this difficult time.

Adam Johnson playing for NHL side the Pittsburgh Penguins

A statement on the Nottingham Panthers official website said:

The Nottingham Panthers are truly devastated to announce that Adam Johnson has tragically passed away following a freak accident at the game in Sheffield last night.

The Panthers would like to send our thoughts and condolences to Adam’s family, his partner, and all his friends at this extremely difficult time.

Everyone at the club including players, staff, management, and ownership are heartbroken at the news of Adam’s passing.

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.

The Panthers would like to thank everyone who rushed to support Adam last night in the most testing of circumstances.

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.

We ask that the privacy of Adam’s family and friends, and everyone at the club is respected at this difficult time as we all seek to come to terms with our grief.

Rest in peace Adam.

Adam Johnson signed for the Nottingham Panthers in August 2023 (Panthers Images)

Before joining Nottingham Panthers in August 2023, the Minnesota-born Johnson played in the NHL for Pennsylvania side, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and Sweden for the Malmo Redhawks. He also played in California for Ontario Reign and in Germany for Augsburger Panther.

Pittsburgh Penguins said it joined “the entire hockey world in mourning the loss of Adam Johnson, whose life tragically ended far too soon.

Adam will be truly missed.

More than 8,000 fans were inside the arena in Sheffield when the incident took place, one of them being our marketing manager, Tim Rowson, who said “It was just an awful spectacle for anyone to witness. I really hope everyone who was there, or watched the game live on TV are ok after witnessing a truly awful freak accident take place.”

Here are some support lines should anyone need to reach out:

Samaritans – 116 123 (UK and ROI)

Mind – 0300 123 3393 (UK)

Cruse Bereavement Support – 0808 808 1677 (UK)

NHS Direct – 111 (GB only)

Lifeline – 0808 808 8000 (NI only)

ChildLine – 0800 1111 (UK)