NHL star Erik Karlsson copes with loss of his baby, reveals the name he would have given his son in a heartbreaking post
NHL star Erik Karlsson and his wife, Melinda, were revealed to have tragically lost the son they were expecting, a month before he would have been born, and they revealed the name they had picked out for him.
NHL players have expressed their support and condolences for the Ottawa Senators caption Erik Karlsson and his wife, Melinda, after they lost their first baby a month before he was due to be born. The hockey captain had stayed out of the game against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday, prompting the Ottawa Senators to release a statement conveying the tragic news. The NHL star himself took to Instagram to reveal the name he had chosen for his son.
The statement 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 was due to be born sometime in April, and the Karlssons had even thrown a special gender reveal party for their son.
After the Senators' 7-2 loss to the Panthers, the team's head coach Guy Boucher talked about the loss to CBC 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."
Karlsson's teammate, defenceman Mark Boroweicki also talked about how the loss had impacted the team. He said, "It puts perspective on life and what's going on here. It's important they take time to grieve and be together. There is so much love coming out of this dressing room for them. Erik is a huge part of this team and Erik and Melinda are a huge part of this community and this city. We really are a family in here and it hurts all of us deeply."
The Senators forward Zach Smith was particularly struck by the tragedy. "As expecting parents it hits a little deeper," he revealed. "I don't know what else to say. It's devastating and I just feel terrible for them. I just hope they're doing OK and we'll be here to support them."
Karlsson posted a heartbreaking picture of two footprints on a piece of paper with the name he had planned to give his son next to them, Axel Michael Karlsson, on Instagram and wrote, "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."
The post continued, "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 Axel's 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."
News Release: Ottawa Senators issue statement on the Karlsson family: https://t.co/712XXwzO7M— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) March 20, 2018
Communiqué : Les Sénateurs d’Ottawa émettent une déclaration au sujet de la famille Karlsson : https://t.co/yQxSm37GpB
The entire LA Kings' organization is thinking of Erik Karlsson and his family during this time ❤️— LA Kings (@LAKings) March 20, 2018
Our thoughts and condolences are with Erik Karlsson and his family during this difficult time. https://t.co/vi6kP69Qyv— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) March 21, 2018
Today is a day to remember that there are way more important things in life and hockey is just a game!! Our condolences to @ErikKarlsson65 and his wife Melinda on their tragic loss!!— Marc Savard (@MSavvy91) March 20, 2018
The Savard Family
The players and staff of the NHLPA extend their condolences to Erik and Melinda Karlsson following the loss of their son. https://t.co/gjoLYo5Ihw— NHLPA (@NHLPA) March 20, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with you @ErikKarlsson65 on the sad news of your son. May he rest in peace.— Larry Robinson (@19LarryRobinson) March 20, 2018
Larry Robinson & family
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