In a somber development, U.K. officials revealed on Tuesday that an arrest has been made in connection with the tragic death of Adam Johnson, a 29-year-old hockey player from Hibbing, Minnesota.
While the identity of the suspect has not been officially confirmed, it is believed that hockey player Matt Petgrave, 31, is the individual involved. Petgrave, a skater for the Sheffield Steelers, a professional hockey team in Sheffield, England, was implicated in the incident that led to Johnson’s untimely demise.
Petgrave, a two-season member of the Sheffield Steelers, received applause during the team’s recent game against the Coventry Blaze, marking their first home game since Johnson’s passing. Social media videos captured the poignant moment of a standing ovation for Petgrave, who did not participate in the match.
Following the tragic incident, Johnson’s teammate Westin Michaud took to social media to offer support for Petgrave, emphasizing that the hate directed towards him was unwarranted. Michaud, who witnessed the events from the bench, asserted that Petgrave’s actions were unintentional, and any suggestions otherwise were mistaken.
Matt Petgrave’s hockey journey began in 2009 when he joined the Ontario Hockey League. The undrafted player has since navigated various leagues, including USports, the East Coast Hockey League in New Jersey, and the American Hockey League. Hailing from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Petgrave’s career has been marked by resilience and dedication to the sport.
As investigations into the incident unfold, the hockey community grapples with the loss of Adam Johnson, and the focus shifts to understanding the circumstances surrounding the tragic event.