Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks died Sunday night time on account of what the group described as a “tragic accident,” by which he suffered an obvious head harm after a fall. He was 24.
In a press release Monday morning, the Blue Jackets stated medical personnel was referred to as instantly to take care of Kivlenieks, however he succumbed to his accidents a short while later.
“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,” Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson stated in a press release. “Kivi was an excellent younger man who greeted each day and everybody with a smile and the influence he had throughout his 4 years with our group is not going to be forgotten.”
Kivlenieks, who had lately competed for his native nation Latvia on the IIHF World Championships, began in two video games for Columbus this NHL season. The undrafted netminder had six NHL begins and eight appearances to his title relationship again to 2019-20. He was anticipated to compete for extra enjoying time subsequent season.
“Life is so treasured and will be so fragile,” Blue Jackets normal supervisor Jarmo Kekalainen tweeted. “Hug your family members at this time. RIP Matiss, you may be dearly missed.”
After signing with the Blue Jackets as a free agent in 2017, Kivlenieks made his NHL debut at Madison Sq. Backyard on Jan. 19, 2020. He turned apart 31 of the 32 photographs he confronted to carry Columbus to a 2-1 victory over the Rangers.
Kivlenieks, who was dubbed the 2017 USHL Participant of the 12 months, finishes his NHL profession with a 2-2-2 file and a 3.09 goals-against common with a .899 save share.
“The Nationwide Hockey League was saddened to be taught of the sudden and tragic passing of goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman stated in a press release Monday. “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 keenness for the sport will likely be deeply missed by all those that have been lucky to have him as a teammate and a good friend.”