COLUMBUS, Ohio — Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins hailed his friend, Matiss Kivlenieks, as a hero during a memorial service in his honor on Thursday, saying Kivlenieks saved him and his pregnant wife the night of his tragic death. Kivlenieks died on July 4 after being hit by a mortar-style firework at the home of the club’s goaltending coach in Michigan. A medical examiner later confirmed the 24-year-old died from chest trauma caused by the mortar blast. Tyson Air Fried Chicken Sponsored by Tyson Meet the best thing to happen to fried chicken since fried chicken! Enjoy the lightest fried chicken we’ve ever made, no air fryer required. See More During a service Thursday, Merzlikins detailed what he said were the events leading up to that moment. According to Merzlikins, he and his wife were roughly 20 to 30 feet behind Kivlenieks when he was struck by the mortar. “He saved not just many lives,” said Merzlikins. “He saved my son, he saved my wife, and he saved me.”
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