NHL Super Star Erik Karlsson and Wife Melinda Tragically Lose Their Son One Month Before His Due Date.
The NHL is showing their support and offering their condolences to Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson, 27 and his wife Melinda.
Karlsson was absent from Tuesday nights game against the Florida Panthers. Shortly after the game, the team released a statement breaking the tragic news that Erik’s unborn son had died.
A statement that was published on NHL.com read,
“The collective thoughts and prayers of the Ottawa Senators organization, the city of Ottawa and entire hockey community rest with Erik and Melinda Karlsson following the loss of their son. We ask that you respect the family’s wishes for privacy during the grieving process.”
The baby boy who was reportedly due in April would have been the first child with his wife Melinda.
At this extremely difficult time it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel but we know one day we’ll get there. We would like to thank everyone for the love and support we have received and also for respecting our privacy and the process we need to go through now. We feel very lucky to be Axels parents. Even though he was stillborn, we know we will hold him again one day under different circumstances and the joy he gave us will be with us forever.
Senators Guy Boucher commented on the heartbreaking news saying, “Everybody is heartbroken, it’s awful. We definitely feel for Erik and his wife and his family. It’s been a tough year but this is a real personal, devastating blow to them. We feel for them and Erik is going to take the time he needs to come back and once he does we’ll do our best to support him. It’s definitely a sad day.”
An outpouring of love and prayers for the grieving couple have been circulating all over social media.
The LA Kings tweeted that the team was “thinking of Erik Karlsson and his family during this time.”
Retired NHL star Marc Savard tweeted, “Today is a day to remember that there are way more important things in life and hockey is just a game!!”
The couple had shared their baby news on social media back in November with a sweet photo of the hockey star wearing a baseball cap that read Dad. Erik Karlsson embraced his wife while Melinda held up the sonogram of their son. The caption read, “The most exciting news we have ever received arrived earlier this year. Can’t wait to meet you.”
Our condolences go out to the couple.