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NHL Star Erik Karlsson and wife Melinda lose son one month before his due date

Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson and wife Melinda Karlsson are mourning the loss of their unborn son who was due in April.


Brittany King


Erik Karlsson and his wife Melinda Karlsson are grieving over the loss of their unborn son, just weeks before his due date. 

 

The NHL star had previously revealed that the baby, who would've been the first for the couple, was due in mid-April, around the beginning of the playoffs, according to CBC News reported.

 

After 27-year-old Karlsson sat out Tuesday's game against the Florida Panthers, his team shared a statement on his behalf.

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.

Ottawa Senators Statement
CBC

"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," the statement began. "We ask that you respect the family's wishes for privacy during the grieving process."

 

"Everybody is heartbroken, it's awful," the Ottawa Senators head coach Guy Boucher told CBC News. "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."

 

Erik and Melinda wed in 2017, and the couple announced her pregnancy in November via social media.

Just me and my little family.:) #dadhat

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