MONTREAL (WJW)– The Montreal Canadiens and the Tampa Bay Lighting honored late Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Matiss Kivlenieks on Monday.
Kivlenieks, 24, died of chest trauma from a fireworks mortar blast on the Fourth of July in Novi, Michigan, the medical examiner’s office said. The firework tilted and fired towards people. Kivlenieks was in a hot tub and tried to get away when he fell.
Before Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals, the two teams took the ice to remember the goalie with a moment of silence.
“Thank you to everyone in the hockey world for your support today. We love you, Kivi,” the Blue Jackets said on Twitter.
Kivlenieks signed with Columbus as a free agent in May 2017. He posted three shutouts in 85 career games with the Cleveland Monsters from 2017 to 2021.