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An ice hockey player dies after fireworks hit him in the chest at Fourth of July celebration

An ice hockey participant from the Columbus Blue Jackets workforce was killed when a backdoor firework hit him within the chest at a July 4 get together, report native police.

Matiss Kivlenieks, a goalie for Columbus Blue Jackets, died of chest trauma Sunday evening in Novi – a suburb north of Detroit.

The 24-year-old goalie was in a scorching tub and tried to interrupt free with a number of others after the fireworks flared and turned of their course, said Lieutenant Jason Meier.

At first, he was believed to have slipped and hit his head whereas fleeing, however preliminary outcomes from an post-mortem on Monday revealed {that a} chest damage was guilty.

“At the moment, we’re pretty certain this was a tragic accident,” stated Lt Meier.

He stated it was a “large gathering” on the property and officers had been attempting to interview as many individuals as attainable.

Kivlenieks, from Latvia, was taken to hospital by the emergency groups shortly after 10:00 pm on Sunday however was later pronounced useless.

Jarmo Kekalainen, accountable for the Blue Jackets at Columbus, tweeted:

“Life is so precious and can be so fragile. Hug your loved ones today. RIP Matiss, you will be dearly missed.”

The membership’s hockey operations chairman, John Davidson, stated it was a “devastating time”.

“Kivi was an outstanding young man who greeted every day and everyone with a smile and the impact he had during his four years with our organization will not be forgotten,” he stated.

A minute of silence was reserved for him previous to the fourth recreation of the Stanley Cup remaining in Montreal.

Kivlenieks grabbed by the Blue Jackets in May 2017 and had performed eight video games, however was seen as an rising expertise and probably backup goalkeeper subsequent season.

He additionally performed for his nationwide workforce and the Latvian Hockey Federation referred to his demise as “a great loss not only for Latvian hockey but for the entire Latvian nation”.

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