Arena evacuated after former NHLer takes a skate to the neck.

Arena evacuated after former NHLer takes a skate to the neck.

A horrible scene during a hockey game on Saturday has forced the building to be evacuated.

Jonathan Larivee

I have some very scary news to report.

According to a breaking news announcement from the Nottingham Panthers of the Elite Ice Hockey League, they have been forced to evacuate their building and cancel today's game after former Pittsburgh Penguins forward Adam Johnson was seriously injured during play. Fans who were in attendance at the Sheffield Arena were escorted out of the building due to the horrific scene on the ice.

The team is describing the situation as a "major medical emergency" one which was caused when Johnson took a skate blade to the neck and began bleeding profusely on the ice. Medical staff were thankfully on hand and are attempting to give Johnson all of the help they can in an effort to save his life.

Johnson was an undrafted prospect out of the University of Minnesota Duluth before being picked up by the Penguins American Hockey League affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. He would go on to appear in 13 NHL games for the Penguins, scoring a goal and adding 3 assists for 4 career points in the NHL.

Update: A very short video of the moment of impact has emerged on social media.

Let's all hope that this story has a happy ending.