Oilers prospect Pelss confirmed dead

The Edmonton Oilers have confirmed that prospect Kristians Pelss

has died. He was 20.

The Oilers released a statement Saturday saying the team was

deeply saddened by the loss of Pelss, who went missing Tuesday and

was feared drowned in a river near his home in Riga, Latvia.

Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish said in a statement:

”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.”

Pelss arrived home in Riga on Monday after playing last season

with Edmonton’s top minor-league team, the Oklahoma City Barons of

the American Hockey League.

He was drafted by the Oilers in the seventh round in 2010.