The Pittsburgh Penguins and Anaheim Ducks honored Adam Johnson with a ceremony and minute of silence prior to their game on Monday, following his untimely death on Saturday. The players, referees, and coaches lined up in a circle as the Penguins honored their ex-teammate Adam Johnson.
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The teams’ helmets were adorned with unique decals as well. The helmets had stickers of Adam Johnson’s initials AJ alongside his number 27.
Following their match on Sunday, one of Adam’s previous teams gave the late striker an homage. Following their victory over the Abbotsford Canucks, the Ontario Reign, the LA Kings’ AHL club, honored Johnson as the first star in a post game ceremony.
Adam Johnson had 31 points (11 goals, 20 assists) in 70 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League in 2017–18. On March 21, 2019, Johnson made his NHL debut, playing 3:59 over seven shifts in a 2-1 victory over the Nashville Predators. In six games that season, he recorded two assists—his first of two with Pittsburgh.
When Johnson returned to the NHL Penguins’ side after a short stint in the AHL, he scored his first and only NHL goal. In a 7-4 victory against the Minnesota Wild on October 12, 2019. Adam Johnson raced to a rebound in the left face-off circle after a shot by Sam Lafferty. He then slapped the ball past an outstretched Devan Dubnyk.
He joined the Nottingham Panthers of EIHL ahead of the 2023-24 season. Adam Johnson has also played for Malmo Redhawks, Lehigh Valley Phantom, and Augsburger Panther.
The Elite Ice Hockey League team in England described the 29-year-old’s death as the consequence of a “freak accident” that occurred on the ice during a game. Johnson reportedly took a skate to the neck after colliding with another player during the match.