Edmonton Oilers prospect Kristians Pelss, who played this past season for the NHL team's minor league affiliates in Oklahoma City and Stockton, Calif., has been reported missing and perhaps drowned in his Latvian homeland, according to that country's online news website Apollo.
Police in Riga, Latvia, say the 20-year-old left-winger, a 2010 draft pick by the Oilers who starred for the WHL Edmonton Oil Kings before joining the pro ranks in 2012-13, has been reported as missing.
Earlier Thursday, a report out of Latvia said Pelss had died after jumping off a bridge late Tuesday in the Latvian capital. Police, however, have not confirmed the death.
Fire rescue spokeswoman Victoria Sembele said witnesses told them a man had jumped into the Daugava River from the Stone Bridge and disappeared Tuesday night. Staff on the bridge saw the man's clothes, but searches of the river by rescuers and divers came up empty both Tuesday and Wednesday.
STEWART TO RACE IN LAWTON
Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart will race in Wednesday's American Sprint Car Series national points race at Lawton Speedway.
Stewart, who once raced dirt cars full time and owns a racetrack in Ohio, occasionally makes stops in Oklahoma and other states to race dirt cars. He has competed in the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, and he also drove in a World of Outlaws sprint car event last summer at Salina Highbanks Speedway.