Matiss Kivlenieks Passes Away After Accident in Novi, MI

Columbus Blue Jackets Goaltender, Matiss Kivlenieks, tragically passed away this weekend after an incident in Novi, MI.

According to Novi police, Kivlenieks was quickly exiting a hot tub as a mortar-style firework tilted toward some of the viewers. “The deceased, while exiting the hot tub, slipped and fell and hit his head on the concrete.”

This is a tragic passing for the 24-year old native of Latvia.

The Blue Jackets were hopeful that the young goalie would play a big role for the team in the future after 6 NHL games played to date.