According to rumours, a young NHL goaltender was murdered in a firework accident over the Fourth of July weekend in Michigan. Matiss Kivlenieks, the Columbus Blue Jackets’ goaltender, was in a private residence in Novi, Michigan when the tragedy occurred.
According to an autopsy, Kivlenieks, who is only 24, was hit in the chest by a fireworks mortar burst. According to initial accounts, Kivlenieks tripped and fell while exiting a hot pool at the private house. According to Novi Police Lt. Jason Meier, the mortar-style firework that was being utilised slanted slightly and began to shoot toward bystanders. Kivlenieks attempted to get out of the hot tub but became caught in the chest.
It’s with a very heavy heart that we share the news that goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks passed away last night at the age of 24.— Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) July 5, 2021
We are heartbroken. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.
Rest in peace, Kivi.https://t.co/o2EDRgxQ5A pic.twitter.com/FCBr0ZaH25
Matiss Kivleniekes was born in the Latvian city of Riga. In May 2017, he signed a free agency contract with the Blue Jackets. During the previous hockey season, he appeared in two games with the Blue Jackets and eight for the Cleveland Monsters of the American Hockey League. With roster changes, he was thought to be on pace to capture the number two goaltender job for the Blue Jackets next season.
On social media, players and teammates expressed their feelings and opinions about the loss. In the middle of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman issued a statement on Kivleniekes, stating,
“….love for life and passion for the game will be deeply missed by all those who have been fortunate to have him as a teammate and a friend.”
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