Matīss Kivlenieks, a goalie for the Columbus Blue Jackets, died Sunday evening from chest trauma suffered from an errant “fireworks mortar blast,” in response to an post-mortem in Oakland County, Michigan.
Police say the fireworks tilted and shot in the direction of individuals on Sunday evening. Kivlenieks was in a sizzling tub with others and tried to evade the blast.
It took responders lower than 5 minutes to reach on the scene after receiving a 911 name. Kivlenieks was rushed to an area hospital, the place he was quickly pronounced lifeless.
Kivlenieks was simply 24 years outdated.
Earlier this morning, although, the accident was regarded as an obvious head harm.
Earlier than the post-mortem revealed the chest trauma, Police stated the NHL participant was believed to have slipped and fallen on concrete whereas operating from fireworks.
In an announcement, the Blue Jackets known as Kivlenieks dying a “tragic accident.”
The Riga, Latvia native signed with Columbus in 2017. That 12 months, he was additionally named the 2017 USHL Participant of the Yr.
Kivlenieks first recreation within the NHL was January 19, 2020, in Madison Sq. Backyard. There, he stopped 31 of 32 photographs and helped Columbus beat the Rangers 2 to 1. The younger goaltender completed his NHL profession with a 2-2-2 document, 3.09 goals-against common, and an .899 save share.
“We’re shocked and saddened by the lack of Matīss Kivlenieks, and we prolong our deepest sympathies to his mom, Astrida, his household and pals throughout this devastating time,” Blue Jackets President of Hockey Operations John Davidson stated. “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.”
“Life is so treasured and will be so fragile,” Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekäläinen wrote in a tweet. “Hug your family members at the moment. RIP Matiss, you may be dearly missed.”