Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks handed away on the age of 24 after struggling a head damage in a fireworks-related incident on July 4, authorities confirmed.
The sports activities neighborhood is mourning the lack of a beloved athlete.
Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks died after struggling a deadly head damage throughout a tragic Fourth of July incident at a house in Novi, Michigan. He was 24.
“Novi Fireplace and Paramedics have been dispatched at 10:13 p.m. to a non-public residence within the metropolis of Novi. They discovered a topic unresponsive and instantly transferred him to Ascension Hospital in Novi the place he was pronounced useless,” lieutenant Jason Meier tells E! Information. “The Novi Police Division is investigating and an post-mortem is scheduled for right now however all indicators are that this was a tragic accident. Preliminary investigation is that there was a fireworks malfunction and that the deceased fell whereas escaping a sizzling tub.”
As information of the NHL star’s demise emerged, many followers and fellow members of the sports activities neighborhood paid tribute to him. “We’re shocked and saddened by the lack of Matiss Kivlenieks, and we prolong our deepest sympathies to his mom, Astrida, his household and mates throughout this devastating time,” John Davidson, Blue Jackets President of Hockey Operations, stated Monday, July 5. “Kivi was an impressive younger man who greeted on daily basis and everybody with a smile and the impression he had throughout his 4 years with our group is not going to be forgotten.”
Kivlenieks, who hailed from Riga, Latvia, signed with Columbus in Could 2017.
“The Nationwide Hockey League was saddened to be taught of the sudden and tragic passing of goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks,” commissioner Gary Bettman shared in a press release. “On behalf of the NHL household, we prolong our deepest sympathies to his household, mates and teammates in each the Blue Jackets group and his native nation of Latvia. His love for all times and fervour for the sport might be deeply missed by all those that have been lucky to have him as a teammate and a good friend.”