New information about the events leading to the tragic death of Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks on July 4 has come out.
This week, one of Kivlenieks’ teammates – who was there when the accident happened – shed some more light on the events. Per Brian Hedger of the Columbus Dispatch, Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins recently revealed that Kivlenieks saved his life, the life of his wife and of their unborn child.
Merzlikins said that he was hugging his wife about 20 to 30 feet behind Kivlenieks when the fireworks mortar went off. The mortar struck Kivlenieks in the chest, causing injuries that would eventually prove fatal.