Oilers prospect Kristians Pelss missing (updated)

Jonathan Willis
June 13 2013 11:25AM

Kristians Pelss, a 2010 Oilers draft pick, is missing in his home country of Latvia, with one Latvian news source reporting that he is dead – a report that has yet to be independently verified .

Arturs Vaiders, a reporter with an outlet in Latvia, appears (via Google Translate) to say he has confirmed information that the 20-year old Oilers prospect drowned under unexplained circumstances:

I have just returned from North America was one of the most talented young Latvian hockey players. He has died so far and still unexplained circumstances. Information that he has drowned and unfortunately this information is confirmed.

The police and state rescue service are quoted in the report as verifying that a man jumped into the Daugava River from the Stone Bridge in Riga, Latvia (pictured below), but declined to identify the man as Pelss or say whether that person had been found, dead or alive.

Pelss spent the 2012-13 season in the minors, playing for the Oilers affiliates in Oklahoma and Stockton. He was playing under a two-way entry-level contract that ran until 2015.

UPDATE. There have been various Twitter reports claiming that the family of Pelss disputes the report that Pelss is dead; the following comes from a Russian news agency:

This story will be further updated once more details emerge. In the meantime, Oilers Nation reminds our readers that information is sketchy, and the initial report that Pelss drowned has yet to be confirmed. Even if that report turns out to be accurate on the principle facts, the exact details of what happened are unknown. We also strongly encourage commenters to show respect for Pelss and his family at this difficult time.

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#51 blue31
June 13 2013, 04:35PM
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@pelhem grenville

Thoughts are with you, PW. CW

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#52 DigDeepNBleedBlue
June 13 2013, 05:05PM
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I hope this sh*t is untrue and they find him safe and sound.

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#53 TigerUnderGlass
June 13 2013, 05:35PM
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As a parent I honestly don't know which would be more difficult - to have a child pass away or to have a child go missing.

All anyone can do is hope for the best I suppose.

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#54 StHenriOilBomb
June 13 2013, 07:13PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

Are you referring to his initial comment, or his follow-up? I was inclined to leave the initial one alone until he went a step further with his second take.

Also: There's absolutely nothing inappropriate in questioning moderation decisions here, particularly the way you have. As much as possible, I'd like any moderation decisions I make to be open to scrutiny by the community as a whole.

Yeah, it was the initial comment. I likely missed the follow-up. Nice to know. Thanks.

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#55 StHenriOilBomb
June 13 2013, 07:13PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

Are you referring to his initial comment, or his follow-up? I was inclined to leave the initial one alone until he went a step further with his second take.

Also: There's absolutely nothing inappropriate in questioning moderation decisions here, particularly the way you have. As much as possible, I'd like any moderation decisions I make to be open to scrutiny by the community as a whole.

sorry, double post.

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#56 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
June 13 2013, 07:34PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

User I'd rather have Shock and Awe, over just Bold has been banned from the site for the time being. We don't have a specific policy about wildly disrespectful speculation into the fate of a missing person, but his comments in this piece were completely intolerable.

You've done the right thing here JW....no questions asked.

I can't really speak for him as I don't know him but...

This seems out of character for Shock & Awe...

I would predict a brief apology if and when he's allowed back in.

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#57 106 and 106
June 13 2013, 07:51PM
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seems odd for Shock & Awe, considering he admitted to ON that he was/is diagnosed with cancer.

Thoughts are with the Pelss family.

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#58 Walter Sobchak
June 13 2013, 10:17PM
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106 and 106 wrote:

seems odd for Shock & Awe, considering he admitted to ON that he was/is diagnosed with cancer.

Thoughts are with the Pelss family.

I recall him saying sometimes his medication plays havoc on him sometimes,.

Not making excuses for him, or trying to speak for him, but speaking of experience of watching what western medication can do to people.

Usually he's a joker and in good humour.

Thought are with you young Pelss.

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#59 kale
June 13 2013, 11:19PM
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Thanks for keeping us updated on this. It is so sad. I only hope the reporting is inaccurate and that he is safe and sound.

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