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Ice hockey player Adam Johnson has been laid to rest in his hometown after he died in freak accident

Ice hockey player Adam Johnson has been laid to rest in his hometown after he died in freak accident

The 29-year-old's neck was sliced open by another player's boot in the middle of a game.

Ice hockey player Adam Johnson has been laid to rest after he died in a freak accident in the middle of a game.

The 29-year-old was playing for the Nottingham Panthers in the UK against the Sheffield Steelers at Utilita Arena late last month when his neck was sliced open.

Thousands of people watched in horror as his teammates formed a ring around him and medical professionals tried to help him.

He was rushed to hospital, however later died from his injuries.

Johnson's body has been returned to his hometown of Hibbing, Minnesota, where it has been laid to rest.

There was a private ceremony for the ice hockey player over the weekend, according to the Daily Mail, and there will be a celebration of life at Memorial Building Arena today (November 6).

Johnson's fiancee Ryan Wolfe said on Instagram: "Rest in peace my sweet boy. We love you so much."

The obituary for the young, talented ice hockey player described him as 'thoughtful, patient and genuinely authentic'.

It touched on the love he had for his 'fiancee, family, and friends' and how his 'loving and quiet demeanor will be eternally missed'.

"He enjoyed yard work, fishing, golfing with buddies, playing in the Iron Ice hockey tournament, projects around the house, reading, following the stock market and listening to his favorite music," the obituary said.

"Adam especially enjoyed his quiet coffee time with his fiancee Ryan, dreaming about their future, and taking in the mornings together. Adam loved to live a slower life and took pleasure in the small, everyday things."

Adam Johnson is remembered before the game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Anaheim Ducks.
Joe Sargent/NHLI via Getty Images

Following the horrific accident, the Oxford City Stars, who play in the National Ice Hockey League South Division 1, have revealed they are bringing in a new rule to tighten player safety.

In a statement, the club said: “In the wake of the tragic incident involving Adam Johnson, who sadly lost his life in a freak in-game accident, Oxford City Stars is advancing its commitment to enhance player safety.

"The club is proud to announce the introduction of mandatory neck guards for all players and coaching staff.

"The club has ordered and is now awaiting delivery of neck guards for all players and coaches.

"Once received, these guards will be utilised during all on-ice activities going forward.

"These guards will be a non-negotiable component of their attire during all practices and games, providing an extra layer of protection.

“In a poignant tribute to Adam Johnson's memory, this commitment signifies not only a significant moment for the Oxford City Stars, but also a cornerstone in advocating for enhanced safety standards across the sport."

Featured Image Credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images. Alex Dodd - CameraSport via Getty Images

Topics: Sport