N.H.L. Goalie Dies After Being Hit by Fireworks

Matiss Kivlenieks, a goalie with the Columbus Blue Jackets, died on Sunday after being struck with fireworks at a personal celebration in Novi, Mich., the authorities stated. He was 24.

The police initially thought that Mr. Kivlenieks, who began two video games for the National Hockey League workforce this season, had died from a fall whereas attempting to flee the fireworks, however an post-mortem discovered he had died of chest trauma on account of a fireworks mortar, based on Lt. Jason Meier of the Novi Police Department.

One of the mortar parts tipped towards a scorching tub, the place a number of folks have been sitting. They tried to get out of the new tub, however Mr. Kivlenieks was hit. No one else was injured, based on Lieutenant Meier. He stated that there was no indication that the fireworks have been unlawful, however he gave no additional particulars. He stated the episode was being investigated as an accident.

Emergency staff who have been known as to the residence in Novi, a metropolis about 30 miles northwest of Detroit, arrived simply after 10:17 p.m. on Sunday. The police stated they instantly transported an unresponsive Mr. Kivlenieks to Ascension Providence Hospital, the place he was pronounced useless.

“Kivi was an outstanding young man who greeted every day and everyone with a smile, and the impact he had during his four years with our organization will not be forgotten,” John Davidson, the president of hockey operations with the Blue Jackets, stated in an announcement on Monday, referring to the participant by his nickname.

“That was a brutal wake up this morning,” David Savard, a former teammate, informed NHL.com. “That was a good kid with a lot of talent who was going to be a part of the team next year or in the future. That’s extremely sad.”

Mr. Kivlenieks was thought-about a attainable No. 2 goaltender for the Blue Jackets subsequent season.

Born on Aug. 26, 1996, in Riga, Latvia, he signed with the Blue Jackets in 2017, making his N.H.L. debut in January 2020. He performed in eight N.H.L. video games. Mr. Kivlenieks represented Latvia within the 2021 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship in June.

Mr. Kivlenieks is survived by his mom, Astrida.