Blue Jackets’ Matiss Kivlenieks ‘saved’ Elvis Merzlikins, pregnant wife on night of tragic death


Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks misplaced his life July 4 on the house of Columbus goaltending coach Manny Legace in Novi, Mich., attributable to a tragic accident involving a mortar-style firework. 

Per Columbus’ 10TV, teammate and fellow goalie Elvis Merzlikins defined throughout a Thursday memorial service that Kivlenieks died a hero and saved each Merzlikins and his pregnant spouse protected. 

“He saved not simply many lives,” Merzlikins mentioned. “He saved my son, he saved my spouse, and he saved me.” 

Merzlikins added his son’s second identify shall be Matiss to honor someone the goaltender thought of a “little brother.” 

Kivlenieks, who would’ve turned 25 years outdated subsequent month, reportedly died when he was struck within the chest by an errant firework whereas inside a sizzling tub. He was later pronounced useless at an area hospital attributable to a deadly chest trauma. 

The Novi Police Division is just not requesting costs, however Lt. Jason Meier advised reporters Monday that the investigation was turned over to a prosecutor for an additional overview. 

“Because of the high-profile nature, we wished an additional set of eyes [on the case],” Meier mentioned at the moment. 

Kivlenieks and Merzlikins had been reportedly attending a marriage celebration for Legace’s daughter that weekend.


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