The Pittsburgh Penguins honored the late Adam Johnson in a ceremony before their game against Anaheim Monday night at PPG Paints Arena.
Johnson, who spent three years in their organization and put up one goal and three assists in 13 games was the parent club, died over the weekend after his throat was gashed by a skate blade during a professional game in the United Kingdom.
With the Penguins and Ducks gathered at center ice — they alternated spots with a player from each team as they formed a circle there — the Penguins played a video highlighted by the goal Johnson scored in his native Minnesota and how he was cited as the team’s outstanding player in that game.
The ceremony concluded withe the crowd standing and applauding for Johnson.
Johnson, 29, joined the Pittsburgh Penguins as an undrafted free agent in 2017 and, after his three-season run with them, played for Ontario and Lehigh Valley in the American Hockey League before moving on to Germany and, eventually, the Nottingham Panthers in the United Kingdom.
Forever a part of the Penguins family.
Just now at PPG Paints Arena: "Ladies and gentlemen, please stand and cheer, one more time, for #47, Adam Johnson." pic.twitter.com/SBrBPlSF33
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) October 30, 2023