Manslaughter arrest in death of hockey player whose neck was cut with skate blade

(The Associated Press)

SHEFFIELD, England - Police in England have arrested a man on suspicion of manslaughter in the death of American ice hockey player Adam Johnson whose neck was cut by a skate during a game. 

Johnson, 29, was playing for the Nottingham Panthers against the Sheffield Steelers in a Champions Cup game Oct. 28 when the blade cut his neck. 

South Yorkshire Police did not name the suspect or provide his age. He was in police custody. 

The player who cut Johnson's neck was Matt Petgrave, 31, of Toronto. 

Johnson was a Minnesota native who had a brief NHL career with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2019 and 2020.

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Anaheim Ducks gather at center ice, before an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Monday, Oct. 30, 2023, to honor former Penguin player Adam Johnson, shown on scoreboard, who died in while playing in an English hockey league game. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)