Suspect in Ice Hockey Star Adam Johnson’s Death Granted Extended Bail

Suspect in Ice Hockey Star Adam Johnson's Death Granted Extended Bail

Police have reported that the suspect arrested in connection with the manslaughter of ice hockey player Adam Johnson has been granted extended bail.

Adam Johnson tragically passed away on October 28 last year after his neck was struck by a skate from an opposing player during a game held at Sheffield’s Utilita Arena.

Suspect in Ice Hockey Star Adam Johnson's Death Granted Extended Bail

The 29-year-old American was representing the Nottingham Panthers in a match against the Sheffield Steelers and succumbed to his injuries in the hospital.

The incident, which unfolded in front of thousands of spectators, deeply affected the ice hockey community.

The man initially arrested by South Yorkshire Police in November for suspected manslaughter has had his bail extended.

A spokesperson for the police force stated, “A man who is under investigation following the death of ice hockey player Adam Johnson in Sheffield has been re-bailed.”

“Adam, aged 29, was fatally injured during a game between the Sheffield Steelers and Nottingham Panthers on October 28 last year. He was later pronounced dead in the hospital, and a post mortem confirmed that he died as a result of a neck injury. The man was arrested on November 14 last year on suspicion of manslaughter and later bailed. He has now been further re-bailed until Tuesday, May 14, 2024. Our thoughts remain with Adam’s loved ones as our investigation continues.”

In January, Sheffield’s senior coroner, Tanyka Rawden, paused her own inquiries while the police investigation was ongoing.

During a brief inquest opened in November, it was later revealed that Ms. Rawden had issued a Prevention of Future Deaths Report to Ice Hockey UK and the English Ice Hockey Association (EIHA), expressing concerns about the lack of mandatory neck guards in the sport. She stated, “I am sufficiently concerned that deaths may occur in the future if neck guards or protectors are not worn,” and gave the associations 56 days to respond regarding the actions they plan to take or reasons for inaction.

The EIHA has decided to make neck guards compulsory starting in 2024. However, the Elite Ice Hockey League, which includes the Nottingham Panthers and Sheffield Steelers, has declined to make their use obligatory but has recommended that players and officials wear them.

Source: Dailymail

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