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A member of of England's Nottingham Panthers hockey team has reacted to teammate Adam Johnson's death, calling the on-ice tragedy 'the most traumatizing thing in his entire life.'
'I have tried to suppress a lot,' Victor Bjorkung, a Swedish defenseman for the English hockey club, told Swedish outlet Expressen, as translated by the Nottingham Post. 'You are so shocked at the moment, everything goes so damn fast. One moment you have your friend there, the next second he's gone.'
The 29-year-old Johnson was killed Saturday after crashing into members of the Sheffield Steelers. The Minnesota native's throat was slashed by an opponent's skate blade in the collision, and as a result, he was rushed to the hospital where he was later declared dead.
Bjorkung and his teammates have been meeting every day and speaking with psychologists and a trauma team, according to the report.
'Being on the ice when a friend I hold close dies like that. It's terrible. It went so damn fast,' Bjorkung said.
Adam Johnson, 29, was killed Saturday after having his throat slashed by an opponent's blade
Victor Bjorkung, a Swedish player for the English hockey club, discussed Johnson's death
'I was a few meters away from him and I have a lot of memory gaps, but I have been told that I played the puck up to him on the left wing and then it takes a few seconds before… well, everyone knows what happens after that.'
Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding Johnson's death.
'Our officers remain at the scene carrying out inquiries and our investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident remain ongoing,' South Yorkshire Police said on Monday. 'We would encourage the public to avoid speculation regarding the incident while we continue our inquiries.'
The English Ice Hockey Association, which governs the sport below the Elite League, reacted to Johnson's death by requiring all players in England to wear neck guards from the start of 2024.
Johnson seen seconds before the freak incident at Sheffield's Utilita Arena on Saturday
Neck guards will be mandatory from January 1 for all on-ice activities. The EIHA