How did hockey player died from fireworks? Kivlenieks died July 4 after being struck in the chest by a fireworks mortar shell while attending a wedding at the offseason home of Blue Jackets goaltending coach Manny Legace in Novi, Michigan.
What NHL player was killed by fireworks? Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Matiss Kivlenieks’ death ruled accidental; case now closed.
How did Matiss Kivlenieks death? The accident occurred Sunday, July 4, at the Novi home of Manny Legace, who was Kivlenieks’ goalie coach with Columbus. The 24-year-old Kivlenieks died of chest trauma from an errant fireworks mortar blast.
How did matiss save lives? ‘He died a hero’: Heartbroken teammate of Blue Jackets goalie Matiss Kivlenieks reveals he shielded friend’s pregnant wife when he was fatally hit in chest by out-of-control firework at July 4 wedding for his coach’s daughter.