Yes, some outlets were reporting this over the weekend, but you know I only release information when I can verify it. Now, I can happily report that Aleksandra and Elvis Merzlikins are parents! Their son has a special name too, Knox Matiss Merzlikins. His middle name is meant to honor former goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks, a fellow Latvian and “brother” to Elvis. We learned at his funeral that Matiss passed away after stepping in front of a firework, to protect several others, including Aleksandra and Elvis, this past July 4th. It is a beautiful way to honor him, and we’re so happy for the family.
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