Thousands watched with grief on the arrangements made at Saturday’s Gathering to honor the legendary late Panther’s Icon.

The 29-year-old American was playing for Nottingham Panthers at rivals Sheffield Steelers on Saturday when he was reportedly hit in the throat by an opponent’s skate, causing a fatal injury.

About 8,000 fans watched in horror as attempts were made to save Johnson’s life as he lay on the ice at Sheffield’s Utilita Arena, shielded by fellow players.

Coroner’s officers confirmed that the inquest into Johnson’s death will be opened at the Medico-Legal Centre in Sheffield on Friday at 9am.

South Yorkshire Police has confirmed it is investigating the incident but officers have said the inquiry “will take some time”.
Johnson’s team said it was a “freak accident” on Sunday when they confirmed that the popular Minnesota-born player had died.

Officers have carried out inquiries at the arena, studied footage of the collision and spoken to experts, aided by Sheffield City Council’s health and safety team.

The force said the investigation would be lengthy.

The Panthers extended an invitation to supporters of all clubs to join them on November 4 at Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena.

Since the tragedy over the weekend, fans have been expressing their shock and emotions mostly at this location.

The Love for Hibbing and Hockey Memorial Fund was created in Johnson’s honor, and the Panthers have also announced the launch of an official fundraising page.

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