A memorial sport of ice hockey has been performed in Nottingham for Adam Johnson, the participant who died after his neck was slashed by a skate.
His staff, Nottingham Panthers, returned to the ice on Saturday for the primary time since he died on 28 October.
Johnson was hit within the neck by an opposition participant’s skate throughout an away match towards Sheffield Steelers.
A person has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and was later bailed.
The Panthers and their opponents, Manchester Storm, wore particular jerseys for the memorial sport, which have been because of be raffled afterwards.
As the gamers took to the ice on the Motorpoint Arena, the sell-out crowd chanted Johnson’s identify.
Once the lights had been light, his image was displayed on the primary scoreboard above the rink.
The phrases “forever our 47” have been proven in honour of his shirt quantity, which is being retired.
The gamers tapped their sticks on the ice as the gang applauded.
Fans chanted Johnson’s identify through the forty seventh minute of the match.
Supporters have continued to put tributes exterior the Motorpoint Arena to Johnson, who additionally had a spell with the Pittsburgh Penguins, becoming a member of the Panthers forward of the 2023-24 season.
An inquest into his demise was opened and adjourned on 3 November.
A autopsy examination confirmed the Minnesota-born star died on account of a deadly neck harm.
Adam Johnson’s household ‘knew he was in bother’
Neck guards is not going to be made necessary
There is a brand new give attention to neck guards, and the English Ice Hockey Association has stated they may grow to be necessary from subsequent 12 months.
But the Elite League, wherein the Panthers compete, isn’t beneath its management.
The Elite Ice Hockey League has stated it is not going to make neck guards necessary, however will “strongly encourage” gamers and officers to put on them.
All proceeds from the sale of the jerseys can be donated to the Love for Hibbing & Hockey Memorial Fund, which was established to assist charitable causes in Johnson’s hometown space of Hibbing, Minnesota.
The match led to a 4-4 draw.