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Blue Jackets' Matiss Kivlenieks honored before Stanley Cup Finals game

The goaltender died from chest trauma caused by fireworks mortar blast.
Credit: Columbus Blue Jackets

The National Hockey League held a moment of silence to honor Blue Jackets goalie Matiss Kivlenieks who died in a fireworks accident over the Fourth of July weekend ahead of Monday's Stanley Cup Finals game.

Kivlenieks died of chest trauma from a fireworks mortar blast at a Michigan home on Sunday.

Ahead of the game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Montreal Canadiens, a photo of Kivlenieks was shows on the videoboard while the public address announcer read a statement about his passing.

"The National Hockey League family mourns the tragic passing of Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks," the announcer said. "We extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and teammates during this difficult time."

The Blue Jackets shared a video on social media thanking the NHL and both teams for the tribute.