What a tragedy.
This week, it was revealed that Ottawa Senators team captain Erik Karlsson and wife Melinda lost their unborn baby, a month before the due date. So heartbreaking.
The NHL stud had originally said that their little one was due in mid-April. Also, Erik and Melinda were expecting a little boy. Thus, we were shocked when we saw this statement from the Senators about the Karlssons’ untimely loss. The team noted:
“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 hockey team commented on Baby Karlsson’s passing, as Erik sat out from the Senators game against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday.
The devastated twosome have since broken their silence on their loss, as they took to Twitter and shared:
Mr. Karlsson also shared an image of his stillborn son’s footprints. The Instagram post (below) confirmed that the pair had named their child Axel Michael Karlsson.
A post shared by Erik Karlsson (@erikkarlsson65) on Mar 21, 2018 at 10:00am PDT
Intense stuff. And it seems like everyone is reeling from this loss, as even Erik’s coach Guy Bouche relayed to CBC News:
“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.”
That it is. As always, our thoughts are with Mr. and Mrs. Karlsson following their sad, sad loss.
R.I.P., Axel Michael.
[Image via Instagram.]