A few weeks ago, Matiss Kivlenieks, a Columbus Blue Jackets Goalie, passed away in a tragic 4th of July firework accident. We now know more about what happened during this incident.
Blue Jackets starting goal tender Elvis Merzlikins was apparently at the same party. Merzlikins spoke at the memorial service for Kivlenieks, opening eyes to what happened that night.
“I’m going to have a lot of experiences in my life now, I’m having a little baby coming up. He saved not just many lives, but when it happened, I was standing 20-30 feet back of him, and I was hugging my wife. He saved my son, he saved my wife and he saved me.
“My son’s second name is going to be Matiss, but except that, if that wasn’t me, or my wife or son, that would be 50 other people. He died as a hero, and that’s not me saying, that was the doctors saying. If he would just sit, it would’ve happened nothing. As Sabrina said, ‘he saved his last puck.’ I just want to let you know that he was a hero, and he saved a lot of lives. And I’m pretty sure he did that with a smile, because it’s true.
What a very sad but inspiring story.
Matiss literally put his life on the line to save a friend and his pregnant wife. What a touching tribute by Elvis to name his son after the hero that saved their life.
"He saved my son, he saved my wife and he saved me. … He died as hero."— Sporting News (@sportingnews) July 15, 2021
Elvis Merzlikins at the memorial service for Matiss Kivlenieks. Kivlenieks died after he was struck in the chest by a fireworks mortar shell on July 4. pic.twitter.com/69C09ggG67