NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman Statement on the Passing of Matiss Kivlenieks

Matiss Kivlenieks

NEW YORK (July 5, 2021) – National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today released the following statement regarding the passing of Matiss Kivlenieks:

“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.”


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