If you thought losing a Captain, missing out on the playoffs, losing our coach, or anything else was horrible, this morning I share with you far worse news. I assure you, no part of me wants to write about the far to early passing, of an athlete with far too much potential, to be gone so soon. Unfortunatly, Matiss Kivlenieks has, and the cause released by the Columbus Blue Jackets Organization, was the result of an everyday fall. In such, it is being said by multiple sources, that he hit his head, just right, and could not be saved.
John Davidson, had this to say, via ESPN. “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.”
While the young goaltender in the making, was given these words of tribute, by his former Captain, Nick Foligno. “One thing I loved and appreciated about him was he had a great smile and always was in a good mood. I know it’s cliché but that’s exactly the kind of guy he was. Just enjoying his life as a 24-year-old living out his dream and you could tell he didn’t take one day for granted which makes this tragedy even more hard to bear! Praying for his family and all of us who knew him. Hard day for a lot of people in that organization.” This also came by way of my source, ESPN.
This young man, stepped up for us when both Korpisalo and Merzlikins were injured. He won, in Madison Square Garden, something many goalies agree, is difficult to do. He had been representing the team, last week with Merzlikins, and now he’s gone. If you do anything to remember this young player, gone far too soon from the ice, in a trade we could never negotiate, or win, remember how precious, and short, life is. We as a sports outlet, wish the family our very best, as well as the organization, who clearly saw him like a brother, on or off the ice.