A healthcare examiner in Michigan claims an autopsy has decided that Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks died of upper body trauma from an errant fireworks mortar blast, and not a fall as authorities earlier reported.
Police in Novi, Michigan, claimed the mortar-model firework tilted somewhat and commenced to fireplace towards individuals close by Sunday night. The 24-year-old Kivleniek was in a very hot tub and attempted to get clear with various other folks, law enforcement Lt. Jason Meier mentioned.
The fireplace department and EMTs received to the non-public home shortly after 10 p.m. and took him to a hospital, where he was pronounced lifeless, Meier claimed. The Oakland County Clinical Examiner’s place of work claimed preliminary autopsy results Monday afternoon.
Prior to the autopsy, law enforcement reported Kivlenieks was believed to have slipped and strike his head on concrete though running from a malfunctioning firework.
“At the instant, we’re pretty certain this was a tragic accident,” Meier explained.
The Blue Jackets and Latvian Hockey Federation announced Kivlenieks’ dying, with the NHL club declaring it resulted from an apparent head injury in a tumble. The team’s statement made no point out of fireworks.
Columbus standard supervisor Jarmo Kekalainen tweeted: “Life is so cherished and can be so fragile. Hug your liked kinds right now. RIP Matiss, you will be dearly skipped.” Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson termed it a “devastating time” for the crew.
“Kivi was an superb young man who greeted each and every day and anyone with a smile and the influence he experienced throughout his 4 decades with our firm will not be forgotten,” he explained.
“What a tragic loss for all of us who knew him and I am wondering and praying for his family members,” previous Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno tweeted. “Heaven acquired a darn good goalie and greater person… Just, way way too quickly.”
Former Columbus defenseman David Savard learned of it from Foligno.
“That was a brutal wakeup this morning,” Savard said in French. “That was a great kid with a good deal of talent who was heading to be a component of the workforce subsequent yr or in the future. That is very unfortunate.”
Kivlenieks’ dying arrived on the eve of Recreation 4 of the Stanley Cup Remaining in Montreal, in which the Tampa Bay Lightning had a probability to clinch the championship towards the Canadiens on Monday night.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman explained Kivlenieks’ “love for daily life and enthusiasm for the recreation will be deeply skipped by all those who have been lucky to have him as a teammate and a buddy.”
The Latvian Hockey Federation known as Kivlenieks’ loss of life “a good reduction not only for Latvian hockey but for the entire Latvian nation.”
Kivlenieks most not too long ago represented Latvia this spring at the entire world hockey championship in which he played four game titles. He played two video games for the Blue Jackets and eight for the American Hockey League’s Cleveland Monsters this past season.
A native of Riga, Latvia, Kivlenieks signed with the Blue Jackets as a no cost agent in May possibly 2017 and played 8 games for the club in general. He was found as a attainable No. 2 goaltender upcoming year if Joonas Korpisalo or Elvis Merzlikins is traded.
Kivlenieks was at Mid-Ohio Sports activities Auto Class in Lexington last Tuesday as a visitor of IndyCar driver Alexander Rossi.
Rossi introduced that day he was likely to race the Baja 1000 in Mexico in November, and Kivlenieks took a ride around Mid-Ohio in a Honda Ridgeline to help advertise both Rossi and Sunday’s IndyCar race.
“This hits hard,” Rossi tweeted. “Prayers to the family and the workforce.”
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