THE Basingstoke Buffalo’s home game against the Peterborough Phantoms was postponed last Sunday, as a mark of respect after the passing of Nottingham Panthers player Adam Johnson in a freak playing accident the night before.

The American forward suffered a cut to the neck from a skate blade in the Sheffield Nottingham game and sadly died.

The Basingstoke club released the following statement on Sunday and said: “Following consultation with the two sets of players from both the Basingstoke Buffalo and Peterborough Phantoms NIHL 2, both sides have individually and therefore mutually decided not to play today’s game.

“The thoughts of both teams and clubs are with the family and team mates of Adam Johnson, as well as all involved at last night’s tragic event.”

The ice hockey community in Britain came together to show their support on Sunday evening, as all senior games were postponed.

The English Ice Hockey Association has reacted to this tragedy and told their clubs that they strongly recommend players wear a neck guard/protector.

This will become a mandatory requirement from December 31, 2023. It is not mandatory straight away due to anticipated supply issues.

The Buffalo’s next game is at home to the Oxford Rising Stars on Saturday (6.30pm).

Then on Sunday night they travel to reigning league champions the Bristol Pitbulls.