ADAM Johnson’s heartbroken teammates have paid tribute to the star in their first ice hockey game since his tragic death.
The Nottingham Panthers have taken to the ice at the Motorpoint Arena in a memorial game “to celebrate the life of Adam and the remarkable person he was”.The two teams formed a circle to pay tribute[/caption] They banged their sticks on the ice during the minute’s applause[/caption] Ice hockey star Adam Johnson died in a horror mid-game accident last month[/caption]
The Panthers hope that the game will bring players and fans together as they try to move forward from Johnson’s death in a horrific mid-game accident last month.
It opened with a special tribute to Johnson – and 10,000 fans will rise for a minute’s applause in the 47th minute, in a nod to his no. 47 shirt number.
The crowd chanted Johnson’s name and clapped as both teams formed a circle on the halfway line and banged their sticks against the ice.
A huge sign above the rink showed Johnson’s face and heralded him as ‘Forever Our 47’.
The friendly match against Manchester Storm will not affect either team’s Elite Ice Hockey League standings.
Johnson’s family are watching the game from their home in the US state in Minnesota.
He immediately fell to the floor and was helped towards the side of the rink at the Utilita Arena, but collapsed again a few paces later.
His dad Davey, grandma and aunt Kari watched the horrific incident unfold via a livestream from their home in Minnesota.
Johnson’s fiancée revealed a heartbreaking letter she wrote for their wedding before his death.