Last Updated on October 30, 2023
American ice hockey player Adam Johnson was killed on Saturday, October 28th, during a professional game in England that saw another player, Matt Petgrave, slash Johnson’s throat with his skate. While the shocking incident has been dubbed a “freak accident” by league officials and sports media, Petgrave is being accused of murder as video footage appears to show him roundhouse kicking Johnson in his throat.
29-year-old American hockey player Adam Johnson, who previously played for the Pittsburgh Penguins, was playing a home game for the Nottingham Panthers of England’s Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) when his throat was slashed by the skate of Matt Petgrave, of the Sheffield Steelers, ending Johnson’s life.
Though Johnson’s death is being called a “freak accident” by the media and the EIHL, Petgrave is being widely accused of murder and video footage shows what many believe to be a deliberate kicking of Johnson’s throat with the blade of Petgrave’s skate.
“Matt Petgrave is a straight up MURDERER”, Stew Peters wrote in a post to X that included video footage of the moment Johnson’s throat was slashed.
“He literally roundhouse kicks this guy with his skate, slashing his throat and killing him on the ice,” added Peters.
Watch the video footage below:
Matt Petgrave is a straight up MURDERER.
He literally roundhouse kicks this guy with his skate, slashing his throat and killing him on the ice. pic.twitter.com/5e2xTTlPkr
— Stew Peters (@realstewpeters) October 30, 2023
Fueling the belief that Petgrave intentionally rammed his skate into Johnson’s throat are reports that Petgrave has a lengthy history of on-the-ice disciplinary problems.
According to @EndWokeness, “Petgrave has a history of bad behavior in the EIHL, including racking up the most penalty minutes (2022-2023 season) and getting booted out of games.”
“The media quickly has declared it a total accident, but many viewers and expert hockey players are not convinced,” @EndWokeness wrote in a post made to X.
In an extended video clip showing the time immediately before and after Johnson’s throat was slashed, the incident looks even more deliberate, as Petgrave can be seen skating straight for Johnson before bumping off of another player and lifting his leg head-height into the air, ramming the blade of his skate into Johnson’s throat.
Almost immediately after Johnson collapsed to the ice, a massive pool of blood could be seen forming below him. He was helped to his feet by a referee who, along with one of Johnson’s teammates, tried to help him skate off the ice toward medical assistance.
In the video, the teammate can be seen trying to hold Johnson’s slashed throat together, as blood pours down the front of Johnson’s uniform and onto the ice, leaving a red trail behind him.
Watch the extended video footage below (warning – may be considered graphic):
The slashing of Adam Johnson’s throat is even more hideous in full context.
Are we looking at a murder here? pic.twitter.com/pBrYtWn84r
— Frankie Stockes (@realStockes) October 30, 2023