The Columbus Blue Jackets have added goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks to the roster on emergency recall from the Cleveland Monsters, the club's American Hockey League affiliate, Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
Kivlenieks, 23, is 7-6-2 with a 3.04 goals-against average, .894 save percentage and a shutout in 15 games with the Monsters in 2019-20. A native of Riga, Latvia, he has posted a 25-31-7 record, 3.26 GAA, .888 SV% and three shutouts in 72 career AHL outings with Cleveland since making his professional debut in 2017-18.
The 6-2, 178-pound netminder was signed by Columbus to an entry level contract on May 25, 2017. He was named the United States Hockey League Player of the Year and Goaltender of the Year in 2016-17 after leading the Sioux City Musketeers to the Anderson Cup (regular season championship) with a 36-7-6 record, 1.85 GAA, .932 SV% and five shutouts.
The Blue Jackets will return to action on Tuesday when they host the Florida Panthers. Game time from Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports Ohio and the FOX Sports Go app. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with the "Blue Jackets Live" pre-game show. The game will also be broadcast on the Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, including Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan.