Oilers prospect Kristians Pelss dead at age 20
Edmonton Oilers prospect Kristians Pelss has been confirmed dead. Pelss was 20.
Pelss went missing Tuesday and was feared to have drowned in a river by his home in Riga, Latvia. A seventh round draft pick by the Oilers in 2010 played this past season with the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League, the Oilers’ top minor-league team. The Oilers released a statement saying how deeply saddened the organization was by the loss of the young Pelss.
This is the news we feared. Kristians was an outstanding man and we feel terrible he has left us at such a young age. I can’t imagine how painful this situation is for the Pelss family,” Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish said in a statement, according to The Associated Press.
Viktorija Sembele, rescue services spokeswoman, said that her department received a call at 1:40 a.m. on Tuesday that a man had jumped from a bridge over the Daugava River in Riga, Latvia. ESPN reports that police began an investigation after receiving this call.
On Friday, the police said that they had “suspicions” that the man seen on the bridge had been Pelss, but would not release any information as to why they suspected this.
Sadly, their suspicions were correct.