NHL and Latvian national team goalie Kilenieks passed away at the age of 24

Goaltender of the National Hockey League (NHL) club “Columbus Blue Jackets” and the Latvian national team, Matis Kivlenieks died at age 24. It was announced Monday, July 5, by the Latvian Ice Hockey Federation on its official website.

“We express our deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Latvian national team goalkeeper Matisse Edmunds Kivlenieks in connection with his untimely passing,” the publication said.

The federation added that the young man was persistent and hardworking and set an excellent example for other athletes. His passing was a loss not only to the world of hockey, but also to the people of Latvia, the organization pointed out.

The young man was 24 years old and no cause of death was reported. This season, the athlete participated in four meetings of the home World Cup – 2021, in which he reflected 92.2% of shots. His reliability rating was 2.18.

He played two games in the NHL, winning one game with 90.1% of his shots saved and a 3.40 save percentage.