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Remembering Adam Johnson

The Hibbing native and former UMD hockey player died after an on-ice incident.

Adam Johnson played in two NCAA Tournaments for the Bulldogs before later playing in 13 NHL games. (Credit: FOX 9 TV)

The hockey world is mourning the loss of 29-year-old hockey player Adam Johnson, who died after an on-ice incident Saturday during a game with his Elite Ice Hockey League team the Nottingham Panthers in England.

According to his team and reported by the Associated Press, Johnson died after his neck was cut by a skate blade during the game against the Sheffield Steelers at Sheffield’s Utilita Arena. 

Born in Grand Rapids, Johnson helped lead the Hibbing/Chisholm boys’ hockey team to the state tournament in 2011. Johnson scored a natural hat trick in the Class 1A boys’ state semifinals, a 6-4 loss to Hermantown. 

He went on to play for the University of Minnesota-Duluth. His overtime winner against Boston University in the 2017 NCAA Tournament sent the Bulldogs to the Frozen Four. 

Johnson played 13 career NHL games for the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons. His only NHL goal came against his home-state team, the Minnesota Wild, on Oct. 12, 2019 at Xcel Energy Center. Johnson also recorded one of his three career assists in that game, which the Penguins won 7-4.

Johnson spent the 2020-21 hockey season playing in Sweden. 

Tributes to Johnson poured in starting Sunday morning. 

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