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Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks dies in tragic accident

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The Latvian was just 24 years old

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Devastating news on this holiday weekend, as the Columbus Blue Jackets have confirmed reports that goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks has passed away:

Kivlenieks got to compete in the most recent World Championships as his home country of Latvia hosted the event. He shut out the eventual champion Canada.

Just last week he got to enjoy a racing experience at Mid-Ohio raceway with countryman and teammate Elvis Merzlikins:

The Blue Jackets organization has faced many challenges and setbacks over the last couple of years, but they pale in comparison to this. Please pray for Matiss and for his family and teammates as they cope with this unfathomable loss.

RIP

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