- Adam Johnson bought an engagement ring for girlfriend Ryan Wolfe
- She found the ring in their apartment in England in the days after his death
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Adam Johnson’s girlfriend Ryan Wolfe heartbreakingly found the engagement ring he planned to use to propose to her in their apartment in England, family friends have revealed.
The 29-year-old American ice hockey star died after a skate slit his throat during a collision during a match against Sheffield Steelers on October 28.
But it has now emerged that he was going to propose to Wolfe and she found the ring in their apartment after his family told her of his intentions.
“His grandmother told me that he showed her (Johnson’s grandmother) the ring before he left and that he was going to propose at some point,” said Scott Pionk, whose son played college hockey with Johnson, told USA Today.
They also report that a second Johnson family friend – who wished to remain anonymous – confirmed Pionk’s story.
Nottingham Panthers player Adam Johnson and his girlfriend Ryan Wolfe at a family wedding
A man has been arrested on manslaughter charges following the death of Adam Johnson
Wolfe and Johnson had been dating for years and he had purchased the ring before they moved to England for his hockey career.
She gave an emotional eulogy at his funeral in Minnesota last week.
On Tuesday, a man was arrested by South Yorkshire police in England for manslaughter.
Around 8,000 fans watched in horror as attempts were made to save Johnson’s life as he lay bleeding on the ice at Sheffield’s Utilita Arena, protected by players after the collision with Steelers star Matt Petgrave, before later dying in hospital died from his injuries.
An inquest into Johnson’s death was opened last week, before being adjourned until January 2024.
South Yorkshire Police have released a statement confirming the man remains in police custody following his arrest on Tuesday.
A statement said: ‘Detectives today (Tuesday 14 November) arrested a man on suspicion of manslaughter. He currently remains in police custody.
‘On Saturday 28th October, Adam, aged 29, was seriously injured during a match between Nottingham Panthers and Sheffield Steelers and sadly died later in hospital. A post-mortem examination revealed that he died as a result of a fatal neck injury.”
More to follow.
Matt Petgrave, pictured playing for the Utica Comets, was involved in an on-ice collision with Johnson during the Sheffield game last month