Matiss Kivlenieks Biography

Matiss Kivlenieks was a Latvian Professional Ice Hockey player who played as a Goaltender. He played for Prizma Riga and Columbus Blue Jackets. On 19th January 2020, he earned his first NHL win against New York Rangers. Recently he passed away due to a tragic accident on 4th July 2021.

Early Life

Matiss was born on 26th August 1996 in Riga, Latvia. The details about his parents and siblings have not been shared with the media. At a young age, he was very enthusiastic about playing sports. His family was also supportive of him about him playing sports professionally.

Matiss has not shared details about his education. We can say that he has completed high school and while studying he was training for ice hockey. He has been professionally trained as an ice hockey player and received a lot of knowledge from the same.

Matiss Kivlenieks Career

Matiss began his ice hockey career in 2011 when he played for Prizma Riga. He played one game with the team and scored 9.52 GAA.  Later he left Latvia and went to North America Junior League and joined the Forest Lake Lakers in the Minnesota Junior Hockey League. In 2016-17 he has been honored with First All-Star Team, Goaltender of the Year, and Player of the Year at the United States Hockey League.

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He completed his professional career with Sioux City Musketeers and even went undrafted.  He played for Blue Jacket against Cleveland Monsters. In the season 2019-20 he was recalled on multiple occasions to play for Blue Jackets before his NHL Debut. The match against New York Rangers was won by them with 31-32 and he scored a .969 save percentage.

Matiss Kivlenieks Biography

Real Name Matīss Edmunds Kivlenieks
Birth Date 26 August 1996
Died Date 4 July 2021
Aged 24 Years
Birth Place Riga, Latvia
Nationality Latvian
Profession Ice Hockey Player
Religion Christianity
Sun sign Virgo

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 6’ 2” – in Centimeters – 187 cm
Weight in Kilograms – 81 kg  –  in Pounds –  178 lbs
Shoe Size 12 (U.S.)
Hair Color Brown
Eye Color Brown
Body Type Slim


Father Not Known
Mother Not Known
Sister Not Known
Brother Not Known


School Not Known
College Not Known

Relationship Status

Marital Status Single
Girlfriend None

Personal Life

Matiss has never been in a public relationship but he had many female friends. He has also not shared details about his past relationships. His quality time used to be with his parents, friends, and with his teammates.


On 4th July 2021, he passed away at the age of 24. The cause of his death was a tragic accident. He suffered an apparent head injury due to the malfunctioning of fireworks. His friends and he were together in a hot tub and he slipped and hit his head on the concrete. By the time medical personnel reached he passed away a short time later.

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Matiss Kivlenieks Net Worth

Matiss would have definitely earned quite enough from his ice hockey career. He had signed a three-year contract worth $2,497,500 with Columbus Blue Jackets. According to sources the details about his net worth have not yet been revealed. Some other sources would be from attending events and sponsorship.


  • He played at Prizma U18 as a third-in-line goaltender.
  • He received condolence from John Davidson team president and Nick Foligno who is the Former Blue Jackets Captain.
  • Matiss played at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.
  • He made his world championship debut with Latvia as the host country of the 2021 IIHF World Championship.
  • He joined Forest Lake Lakers in the Minnesota Junior Hockey League.
  • At prime U18 he played only 12 games.
  • In 2015 he has been awarded Second All-Star Team at Minnesota Junior Hockey League.

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