October 16, 2021

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NHL goalkeeper Madis Kivlenix dies at 24

A medical examiner in Michigan, Columbus Blue Jackets guard, after autopsy, Matisse Givlenix, As previously announced by authorities, died of chest shock from a firecracker explosion, not from a fall.

Police in Novi, Michigan, began firing at nearby people Sunday night after the crackers got slightly wet. Givlenix, 24, was in a hot tub and tried to escape with the others, police lieutenant Jason Meyer said.

Mier said the fire department and EMDs arrived at a private home at 10:13 a.m. Sunday local time.

The emergency response took 4:38 minutes after receiving the 911 call. Kivlenix was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office announced the results of the initial autopsy Monday afternoon.

Prior to the autopsy, police said Kivlenix was believed to have slipped and hit his head on the concrete while leaving the crackers.

“We now firmly believe that this was a tragic accident,” Meyer said.

Kivlenix started two games with the Blue Jackets last season, most recently playing at the IIHF World Championships for Latvia. He played a total of eight games in his NHL career and was expected to fight for extra action next season.

“We are deeply saddened and saddened by the loss of Matisse Givlenix and extend our deepest condolences to her mother, Astrida, family and friends at this devastating time,” Blue Jackets Operations President John Davidson said in a statement. “Kiwi is a great young man who greets everyone with a smile every day. The appreciation he has had for four years with our organization will never be forgotten,” he said.

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“I loved and admired him so much, he had a big smile and was always in a good mood,” former Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno told ESPN’s Emily Capilan in a text message. “I know it’s a clich, but it’s a kind of man. He lived his life as a 24 – year – old man and lived a dream. And you can tell he’s not wasting a day. This is a difficult day for everyone in the organization. “

A moment of silence was observed in the memory of the Kivlenix ahead of Game 4 Stanley Cup between Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadians on Monday night. A few hours ago, the Commissioner NHLCave Bedman released a report on the death of Kivlenix.

“On behalf of the NHL family, we extend our condolences to his family, friends and team members at the Blue Jackets organization and in his own Latvia,” Bedman said. “His love of life and his passion for the sport will make everyone lucky enough to miss him as a partner and friend.”

Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kecklinen shared his condolences on Twitter.

Quillenix, not drafted, signed with Columbus in 2017 as a free agent. Made his NHL debut on January 19, 2020 at Madison Square Garden, stopping 31 of 32 shots to beat the new 2-1. York Rangers.

Last week, Quilnix and fellow Columbus goalie Elvis Merslikins were on a show at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Kivlenix spent the summer in the United States.

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The report used information from ESPN’s Emily Kaplan and The Associated Press.