Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks has sadly died aged just twenty-four years old.
Kivlenieks died on Sunday night after he took a fall from a hot tub and consequently suffered an apparent head injury.
As per the New York Post, Michigan police told the Associated Press that Kivlenieks was attempting to jump out of a hot tub with others after a fireworks malfunction when he slipped. After falling, Kivleniekshit hit his head on concrete. Medical personnel arrived at the incident but heartbreakingly, Kivlenieks was pronounced dead at the scene.
Kivlenieks had recently competed for his native country Latvia at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships and started in 2 games for the Blue Jackets this National Hockey League season.
Tributes for Kivlenieks have swarmed social media from friends and fans alike.
Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson released a statement in which he said: "We are shocked and saddened by the loss of Matiss Kivlenieks, and we extend our deepest sympathies to his mother, Astrida, his family, and friends during this 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."
Blue Jackets general manager, Jarmo Kekalainen, tweeted: "Life is so precious and can be so fragile. Hug your loved ones today. RIP Matiss, you will be dearly missed."
As per the New York Post, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman also said in a statement: "The National Hockey League was saddened to learn of the sudden and tragic passing of goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks.
"On behalf of the NHL family, we extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends, and teammates in both the Blue Jackets organization and his native country of Latvia. His love for life and passion for the game will be deeply missed by all those who have been fortunate to have him as a teammate and a friend."
Our thoughts are with his friends and family. Rest in Peace, Matiss Kivlenieks.