Kristiāns Pelšs

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Kristiāns Pelšs
Born (1992-09-09)9 September 1992
Preiļi, Latvia
Died 11 June 2013(2013-06-11) (aged 20)
Riga, Latvia
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Forward
Shot Left
Played for DHK Latgale
Oklahoma City Barons
National team  Latvia
NHL Draft 181st overall, 2010
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 2008–2013
Medal record
Representing  Latvia
Ice hockey
IIHF World U18 Championship
Gold medal – first place 2009 Italy Division I Group B
World Junior Ice Hockey Championships
Gold medal – first place 2011 Belarus Division I Group A

Kristiāns Pelšs (9 September 1992 – 11 June 2013) was a Latvian ice hockey player. Son of poet and translator Einārs Pelšs. At the time of his death, he played for the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League (AHL) as a prospect of the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League.

On 11 June 2013 Pelšs died after leaping from the Stone Bridge in Riga, Latvia.[1][2] It was confirmed that Pelšs' death was accidental.[3]

Playing career[edit]

Pelšs was selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the 7th round (181st overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He made his European Elite debut with DHK Latgale of the Belarusian Extraleague during the 2008-09 season. In 2010, he moved to North America and signed to play major junior hockey in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Edmonton Oil Kings.

Pelšs participated at the 2012 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships as a member of the Latvia men's national junior ice hockey team.

On 1 May 2012, it was announced that Pelšs signed a three-year entry level contract with the Edmonton Oilers.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 DHK Latgale LHL 31 3 4 7 14
2009–10 Dinamo-Juniors Riga BXL 46 6 3 9 28
2010–11 Edmonton Oil Kings WHL 63 14 19 33 31 4 0 2 2 6
2011–12 Edmonton Oil Kings WHL 63 28 22 50 95 10 4 3 7 2
2012–13 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 20 1 7 8 8
2012–13 Stockton Thunder ECHL 13 2 3 5 15
AHL totals 20 1 7 8 8
ECHL totals 13 2 3 5 15
WHL totals 126 42 41 83 126 21 5 7 12 10

International[edit]

Year Team Comp   GP G A Pts PIM
2009 Latvia WJC U18 D1 4 0 1 1 6
2010 Latvia WJC U18 6 2 1 3 0
2011 Latvia WJC D1 5 2 2 4 31
2012 Latvia WJC 6 1 2 3 8
Junior totals 21 5 6 11 45

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