Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks has passed away at the age of 24, the team has confirmed.
In a team statement, the Blue Jackets said he died as a result of a tragic fall resulting in a head injury on July 4.
“We are shocked and saddened by the loss of Matiss Kivlenieks, and we extend our deepest sympathies to his mother, Astrida, his family and friends during this devastating time,” Blue Jackets President of Hockey Operations John Davidson said. “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.”
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