In a recent announcement, U.K. officials confirmed an arrest in the tragic death of 29-year-old hockey player Adam Johnson, hailing from Hibbing, Minnesota.
While the identity of the suspect has not been officially disclosed, it’s reported that hockey player Matt Petgrave is the skater involved in the incident that led to Johnson’s untimely demise.
Meet Matt Petgrave:
Career Highlights: Aged 31, Matt Petgrave has been a key player for the Sheffield Steelers, a professional hockey team based in Sheffield, England. He has contributed to the team’s lineup for two seasons.
Sunday’s Tribute: During the Steelers’ recent home game against the Coventry Blaze, Petgrave received a heartfelt standing ovation from fans and teammates alike. Notably, he did not participate in the game.
Social Media Support: Videos circulating on social media captured the touching moment of solidarity, demonstrating support for Petgrave during this challenging time.
Defending Matt Petgrave: Teammate Testimony: Westin Michaud, Johnson’s teammate, took to social media to defend Petgrave against the unwarranted hate. Michaud emphasized that the incident was unintentional, expressing solidarity with Petgrave.
“We wholeheartedly stand with Matt Petgrave. The hate that Matt is receiving is terrible and completely uncalled for. It’s clear to me his actions were unintentional,” Michaud stated.
Hockey Journey: Undrafted Beginnings: Matt Petgrave embarked on his hockey journey in 2009, joining the Ontario Hockey League after going undrafted. His dedication has taken him through various leagues, including USports, the East Coast Hockey League in New Jersey, and the American Hockey League.
🇨🇦 Canadian Roots: Hailing from Toronto, Ontario, Petgrave carries the proud hockey tradition of his Canadian roots.
As the investigation unfolds and emotions run high, the hockey community stands united, emphasizing support, understanding, and a commitment to the integrity of the sport.