Erik Karlsson, Senators captain, announces death of unborn son

March 21, 2018

Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson was scratched from Tuesday night’s game after he learned and announced that he and his wife, Melinda Karlsson, had lost their unborn son.

Their first child had been expected this spring, according to a report.

“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 Senators said in a statement. “We ask that you respect the family’s wishes for privacy during the grieving process.”

Many in the hockey community reached out with condolences via social media.

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

The entire LA Kings’ organization is thinking of Erik Karlsson and his family during this time ❤️ LA Kings (@LAKings) March 20, 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!!The Savard Family Marc Savard (@MSavvy91) March 20, 2018

Our hearts are heavy tonight. Thoughts and prayers to Erik Karlsson and his wife Melinda. Mike Modano (@9modano) March 21, 2018