Columbus Blue Jackets' Matiss Kivlenieks remembered as 'hero' at memorial service after protecting others


Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks passed away on Sunday in Michigan. He was 24. Heaven Jackets at first revealed on Monday that he suffered an obvious deadly head injury in a fall. Later Monday, a medical inspector specified Kivlenieks passed away from chest injury triggered by “an errant fireworks mortar blast,” according to ESPN.

Cops in Michigan think that the mortar was lit correctly however moved and started shooting at individuals, consisting of Kivlenieks, who remained in a jacuzzi. The goalie was struck in the chest while attempting to hide. 

Kivlenieks was dead by the time he got to a regional medical facility. 

“We are stunned and saddened by the loss of Matiss Kivlenieks, and we extend our inmost compassions to his mom, Astrida, his friends and family throughout this destructive time,” Blue Jackets President of Hockey Operations John Davidson stated. “Kivi was an impressive boy who welcomed every day and everybody with a smile and the effect he had throughout his 4 years with our company will not be forgotten.”

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman likewise launched a declaration on the league’s behalf.

“We extend our inmost compassions to his household, good friends and colleagues in both heaven Jackets company and his native nation of Latvia,” Bettman said. “His love for life and enthusiasm for the video game will be deeply missed out on by all those who have actually been lucky to have him as a colleague and a pal.”

Kivlenieks signed with heaven Jackets in May 2017 as a totally free representative. He went 2-2-2 and taped a 3.09 goals-against average and .899 save portion in 8 video games with the group.

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