New grim details of NHL Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Mattis Kivleniek's "tragic" death revealed
New grim details of Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Matiss Kivlenieks death were revealed after an autopsy on Monday.
Monday, shortly after the deadly incident became known, it was reported that NHL goaltender, Matiss Kivlenieks, also known among teammates and fans as Kivi, died in the result of a “tragic accident” after a head injury.
The results of the preliminary autopsy on Monday afternoon provided new information saying that Kivlenieks died because of chest trauma, involving “fireworks.”
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
The tragedy happened at the Michigan home of the Blue Jackets’ goaltending coach, Manny Legace, where his daughter’s wedding was being celebrated.
24-year-old goaltender was in the hot tub when a mortar-style firework tilted and stuck Kivleniek in the chest. Police said he and other people who were in the hot tub with him tried to avoid the explosion.
“At the moment, we’re pretty certain this was a tragic accident,” Police Lt. Jason Meier said.
Matiss Kivlenieks will forever be a Columbus Blue Jacket. Number 80 will never be forgotten. #CBJ— Mark Scheig (@markscheig) July 5, 2021
“I really love you, I’ll miss you, we had our last basketball game in the pool and we enjoyed before you left me right after,” Kivlenieks’ teammate and fellow Latvia native Elvis Merzlikins wrote in his Instagram. “We love you and fly high baby, fly high! You saved your last puck! You will be our guardian angel.”
On Mosnday morning, before the beginning of the Stanley Cup Game 4 between Tampa Bay and Montreal, a moment of silence for Kiclenieks was held.
Moment of silence for Matiss Kivlenieks. RIP. pic.twitter.com/a7V4HQIBwP— David Alter (@dalter) July 6, 2021
“It’s an awful tragedy for anybody, any family to go through that,” Tampa Bay’s coach, Jon Cooper told reporters. “But somebody in the NHL family, as close as we all are as the teams even battling out there, from all the Lightning, our condolences.”