A person arrested on suspicion of manslaughter following the mid-match dying of an ice hockey participant has been rebailed, police have mentioned.
Nottingham Panthers’ Adam Johnson died in October final 12 months after being hit within the neck by an opposition participant’s skate throughout a match at Sheffield’s Utilita Arena.
The sport was deserted after the incident and the 8,000-strong crowd was requested to go away as Mr Johnson, 29, acquired medical consideration. He was pronounced useless in hospital.
A person was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter on 14 November and subsequently bailed by South Yorkshire Police.
On Friday, he was rebailed till 25 April 2024, a press release mentioned.
The power mentioned its “thoughts remain with Adam’s family at this time”.
Sheffield’s senior coroner Tanyka Rawden suspended her investigation into Mr Johnson’s dying final month, whereas the police inquiry took its course.
The opening of the inquest proved temporary however it later emerged Ms Rawden had issued a Prevention of Future Deaths Report to Ice Hockey UK and the English Ice Hockey Association (EIHA) about the usage of neck guards within the sport.
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In the report, she mentioned she was “sufficiently concerned that deaths may occur in the future if neck guards or protectors are not worn” and gave ice hockey’s UK governing our bodies 56 days to say what motion has – or hasn’t – been taken.
The EIHA has mentioned neck guards can be obligatory in its matches from 2024 however the Elite League – which Nottingham Panthers and Sheffield Steelers are in – just isn’t below its management.
The league has mentioned it won’t make neck guards obligatory, however “strongly encourages” gamers and officers to put on them.