Kivlenieks made his NHL debut in January 2020

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks has died after a “fireworks malfunction” at a Fourth of July social gathering.

US media reported that an preliminary post-mortem carried out on the 24-year-old discovered he died because of chest trauma attributable to a fireworks blast.

He had been in a sizzling tub at a home social gathering in Novi, Michigan, on the time.

Initially Michigan police mentioned Kivenieks, a Latvia worldwide, had died from a head damage suffered whereas getting out of a sizzling tub.

“There seems to be some fireworks that by accident went off and launched within the course of Mr Kivlenieks and others who have been seated within the sizzling tub,” lieutenant Jason Meier said.external-link

The Latvian signed with the Blue Jackets in Could 2017 and spent most of his time with the Cleveland Monsters of the American Hockey League.

He performed in two video games for the Blue Jackets in 2020-21 and made six appearances – together with 4 begins – the earlier season.

He additionally represented his nation at this 12 months’s World Championships.

“We’re shocked and saddened by the lack of Matiss Kivlenieks, and we lengthen our deepest sympathies to his mom, Astrida, his household and pals throughout this devastating time,” mentioned Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson.

“Kivi was an excellent younger man who greeted day by day and everybody with a smile and the influence he had throughout his 4 years with our organisation won’t be forgotten.”