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NOTTINGHAM Panthers players returned to the ice on Saturday evening for the Adam Johnson Memorial Game at the Motorpoint Arena, where further tributes were paid to their former team-mate.
The US player, Johnson, 29, died in hospital on October 28 after being hit in the neck by an opposition player’s skate during the Panthers’ away Challenge Cup match against Sheffield Steelers.
A man has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and been bailed to a date in the new year as inquiries continue.
The Panthers, who had not played since Johnson’s death, were joined by Manchester Storm for the exhibition game, which was hoped could help bring the team and fans together as they look to move forwards.
Players were cheered onto the ice for the warm-up, with both teams wearing special game jerseys, which were set to be raffled afterwards.
All profits will be donated to the “Love for Hibbing & Hockey Memorial Fund,” which was established to support charitable causes in Johnson’s hometown area of Hibbing, Minnesota, in the United States.
The sell-out crowd chanted Johnson’s name as the players took to the ice before making their way to the centre.
The final score was 4-4, with both player-of-the-match awards given to the whole team.
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