13 April 1994|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||187 lb (85 kg; 13 st 5 lb)|
|NL team||HC Lugano|
76th overall, 2014|
Columbus Blue Jackets
Elvis Merzļikins (born 13 April 1994) is a Latvian professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for HC Lugano of the National League (NL). He played his junior hockey in Switzerland, which allows him to play in the NL with a Swiss player license and doesn't count as an import player. He was selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Throughout the 2012–13 season, Merzļikins spent several games on the bench as the backup goaltender of HC Lugano. Merzļikins would eventually make his NL debut on 28 September 2013 in a 2–1 victory over Lausanne HC.
At the end of the 2013–14 season, Merzlikins was voted off as NL Media Most Improved Player and NL Youngster of the Year.
In the 2016 NLA playoffs, Merzlikins led Lugano to the NL final which they would eventually lose in 5 games to SC Bern. He posted a .937 save % and 2.32 goal average in 15 playoffs games.
Merzļikins participated in the 2012 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships and 2013 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships as a member of the Latvia men's national junior ice hockey team. Merzļikins was selected to the national team for the 2016 World Championship, and made his debut in the opening game against Sweden in a 2–1 overtime loss. He also played in the 2017 World Championship and in the 2018 World Championship.
Regular season and playoffs
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- "14th triumph for Team Canada | Spengler Cup". www.spenglercup.ch. Retrieved 2016-12-31.
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- Biographical information and career statistics from Eliteprospects.com, or Eurohockey.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
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