A man has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter following the death of ice hockey player Adam Johnson.

Johnson died on October 28 after being hit in the neck by the skate of a member of the opposing team during Nottingham Panthers’ Challenge Cup match away at Sheffield Steelers.

The 29-year-old American later died in hospital.

Detective chief superintendent Becs Horsfall said: “Our investigation launched immediately following this tragedy and we have been carrying out extensive inquiries ever since to piece together the events which led to the loss of Adam in these unprecedented circumstances.

“Adam’s death has sent shockwaves through many communities, from our local residents here in Sheffield to ice hockey fans across the world.

“We know these communities will expect us to handle this investigation with the same professionalism, fairness and sensitivity as any other and request that members of the public refrain from comment and speculation which could hinder this process.

“Our thoughts remain with all affected by this devastating incident as inquiries continue.”

The Elite Ice Hockey League, in which the Panthers and Steelers compete, has said it will not make the use of neck guards mandatory but will “strongly encourage” players and officials to wear them following the tragedy.