A moment of silence was held for Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Matiss Kivlenieks, 24, who died on Sunday night following a firework accident.
The National Hockey League held the short tribute on Monday night ahead of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens.
“The National Hockey League family mourns the tragic passing of Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks,” the PA announcer said. “We extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and teammates during this difficult time.”
The Blue Jackets thanked the NHL on Twitter.
“Thank you, @NHL, @CanadiensMTL and @TBLightning for that touching tribute,” the team wrote. “And thank you to everyone in the hockey world for your support today. We love you, Kivi.”
Kivlenieks died on Sunday due to chest trauma from a mortar-style firework blast.
The 24-year-old’s death was announced by the Blue Jackets and Latvian Hockey Federation.
“We are shocked and saddened by the loss of Matiss Kivlenieks, and we extend our deepest sympathies to his mother, Astrida, his family and friends during this devastating time,” said Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson in a statement.