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Ice hockey team changes rules after player Adam Johnson is killed in horrific slashing accident

Ice hockey team changes rules after player Adam Johnson is killed in horrific slashing accident

Adam Johnson passed away on Saturday

A hockey team has introduced a new rule following the tragic death of Adam Johnson, who was killed in a horrifying ‘freak accident’ during a match this weekend.

Nottingham Panthers star Johnson passed away during a match against the Sheffield Steelers at Sheffield's Utilita Arena on Saturday night (28 October).

The American hockey player was accidentally slashed in the neck by Sheffield Steelers player Matt Petgrave during the derby clash, while more than 8,000 fans were watching from the sidelines.

A spectator described the scene as 'like a bad dream I can't wake up from', saying Johnson's teammates formed a protective circle around him to shield him from onlookers before paramedics arrived.

Following the horrific accident, Oxford City Stars, who play in the National Ice Hockey League South Division 1, have shared a statement saying they are making new commitments to player safety to honour Johnson.

In a statement, Oxford City Stars: “Player Safety First. 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.

Tributes have begun to pour in for the hockey player from across the community.

"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."

Adam Johnson on Saturday in an horrific accident.
Joe Sargent/NHLI via Getty Images

Shane Moore, Director of Hockey Operations, said: "We want to ensure that every possible measure is taken to protect our athletes while they are doing what they love.

"Safety must be a fundamental aspect of our actions, and we are grateful to all our players and coaching staff for their support in moving this initiative forward.

"We hope to serve as positive role models for both current and future players, showcasing that safety should always be the top priority.

"A life has tragically been taken too soon in a freak accident, and if wearing neck guards can prevent another devastating loss, then we want to ensure we have done everything within our power to protect our players.”

Featured Image Credit: Joe Sargent/NHLI via Getty Images

Topics: UK News, Sport