Oilers Prospect Kristians Pelss Reported Missing in Latvia

Some devastating and upsetting news came out Thursday when the Edmonton Journal reported that Edmonton Oilers prospect Kristians Pelss is reported missing and that he may have drowned in his homeland of Latvia.

The report states that Police in Riga, Latvia have reported Pelss as missing according to the country’s online news site – Apollo.

Furthermore, the Journal notes that fire rescue spokeswoman Victoria Sembele stated that witnesses saw a man jump from the Stone Bridge and plunged into the Daugava River.  The man’s clothes, supposedly Pelss’s were said to be left on the bridge and rescuers who have combed the river and area have not been successful in recovering the body.

At time of this post the Latvia police have not confirmed the death despite an earlier report that stated a man had died after jumping off the bridge.

Pelss, 20, was selected 181st overall in the 7th round by the Oilers in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.  This past season Pelss spent time between the AHL Oklahoma City Barons and the ECHL Stockton Thunder.

In 20 games with the Barons, Pelss scored 1 goal and added 7 assists.  He spent two seasons with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL from 2010-12, putting up 83 points 126 games over the course of two seasons.

It’s been a rough week for the Oilers when it comes to their prosepcts.  As many as five youngsters have said to be interested in leaving North America to go play in either the KHL or European leagues.  Potentially losing Pelss to a tragedy is exactly that, tragic.

More on this story as it unfolds and in the mean time all of us here at Oil on Whyte hope for a happy ending to this situation.

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