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U.K. Police Extend Investigation into Adam Johnson’s Death



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A person allegedly connected to the death of former Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Adam Johnson, who died after his neck was cut by a skate blade during a game in England last October, has had his bail extended.

The individual in question was not identified in an announcement from the police in South Yorkshire, England.

Johnson, 29, was playing for the Nottingham Panthers at Utilita Arena in Sheffield Oct. 28, when he was cut by the skate of Steelers player Matt Petgrave, causing a mortal wound.

The BBC reported that a coroner’s inquest into the incident was suspended from January to July because the police investigation is ongoing.

The South Yorkshire police issued the following statement Tuesday:

“On 14 November 2023, a man was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter. He was later bailed. Today, he has been further re-bailed until 26 June 2024. Adam’s loved ones remain at the forefront of our minds at this complex investigation continues. If there are any developments before the new bail expiry date, these will be issued proactively on the South Yorkshire Police website.”

Johnson signed with the Penguins as a free agent in 2017 after playing two seasons of college hockey at Minnesota-Duluth.

He appeared in 13 games with them — six in 2018-19 and seven in 2019-20 — recording one goal and three assists. Most of his time in the organization was spent with their American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre.

Johnson subsequently played in Sweden and Germany before joining Nottingham in 2023.

The Pittsburgh Penguins honored Johnson’s memory in a pregame ceremony two days after he suffered his fatal injuries.

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