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30th Oct 2023

Ice hockey team changes rules after player is killed in horror slash accident


They issued a statement following Adam Johnson’s tragic death

A hockey team has introduced a brand new rule following on from the tragic death of Adam Johnson who died after having his neck accidentally slashed during a game over the weekend.

Johnson, 29, was playing for the Nottingham Panthers in their game against Sheffield Steelers at the Utilita Arena on Saturday night where he was accidentally slashed by one of his opponents.

Around 8,000 spectators were present at the game and they were all told to leave the stadium following the “major medical emergency”.

Witnesses also said that they saw the Panthers player’s girlfriend run onto the ice and begin to pray for him.

Nottingham Panthers released a statement saying: “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.

“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.”

Further reports have revealed that the 29-year-old suffered an accidental gash to his throat and one fan in attendance, named Hazel, said she can’t get the image “out of her head”.

She told The Sun: “What happened was horrible and I can’t get the image out of my head.

“It is like a bad dream I can’t wake up from.”

Now, news has emerged that a hockey team have introduced a new rule following the tragic accident.

Oxford City Stars, who play in the National Ice Hockey League South Division 1, have shared a statement saying they are making new commitments to player safety to honour Johnson.

In a statement, Oxford City Stars: “Player Safety First. In the wake of the tragic incident involving Adam Johnson, who sadly lost his life in a freak in-game accident, Oxford City Stars is advancing its commitment to enhance player safety.

“The club is proud to announce the introduction of mandatory neck guards for all players and coaching staff.

“The club has ordered and is now awaiting delivery of neck guards for all players and coaches. Once received, these guards will be utilised during all on-ice activities going forward.

“These guards will be a non-negotiable component of their attire during all practices and games, providing an extra layer of protection.

“In a poignant tribute to Adam Johnson’s memory, this commitment signifies not only a significant moment for the Oxford City Stars, but also a cornerstone in advocating for enhanced safety standards across the sport.”

Shane Moore, Director of Hockey Operations, also commented: “We want to ensure that every possible measure is taken to protect our athletes while they are doing what they love.

“Safety must be a fundamental aspect of our actions, and we are grateful to all our players and coaching staff for their support in moving this initiative forward.

“We hope to serve as positive role models for both current and future players, showcasing that safety should always be the top priority.

“A life has tragically been taken too soon in a freak accident, and if wearing neck guards can prevent another devastating loss, then we want to ensure we have done everything within our power to protect our players.”

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