Posted on November 15, 2023

Matt Petgrave Gets Standing Ovation From Fans in Team’s First Home Game Since Fatal Adam Johnson Hit

Justin Tasch, New York Post, November 14, 2023

Matt Petgrave, the hockey defenseman whose skate cut Adam Johnson’s neck during an Oct. 28 game in England that led to Johnson’s death, received a standing ovation during his team’s first home game since Johnson died at the age of 29.

The Sheffield Steelers, who hosted Johnson’s Nottingham Panthers two weeks earlier, returned to Utilita Arena Sheffield on Sunday and paid tribute to Johnson before their Elite Ice Hockey League game against the Coventry Blaze, with a wreath laid at center ice and a two-minute moment of silence followed by a minute of applause, according to BBC.

When an image of Petgrave — who did not play Sunday — was shown on the video board, the more than 8,000 fans in attendance gave the 31-year-old a standing ovation.

South Yorkshire police on Tuesday arrested a man in connection to Johnson’s death on suspicion of manslaughter. The identity of the man was not revealed.