Back in November, Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson's wife Melinda made an announcement on social media that the couple was expecting their first child. Later in December, while gathered with friends and family, Karlsson grabbed his hockey stick and took a slapshot on a puck that exploded into a cloud of blue powder, signifying that a son is on the way during a reveal party hosted by the happy couple.
However, on Tuesday, we tragically learned that Karlsson and his lovely wife's son has died.
The Senators issued the following statement regarding team captain Erik Karlsson and his wife, Melinda.
"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."
Hockey aside, this is one of the most horrendous thing someone can go through, and media members and rival team members have joined one another on social media to offer their sincere condolencences to the Karlsson family.
This is the second time this season an NHL player loses a child. Carolina Hurricanes captain Jordan Staal and his wife revealed earlier this month that their infant daughter died of a terminal birth defect.
In the statement, the Staals say it had been "a longer road than most people know" and that they had "prayed for a miracle," but that Hannah was stillborn. They say they are "very thankful for our short time with her."
Now the tragedy has hit Karlsson, who was so excited to become a father. As many of you may recall, he was over the moon in the video that was posted of the reveal powder, when he jumped through the blue smoke and hugged his wife.
Karlsson played with the team on Saturday night, but missed practice on both Monday and Tuesday. He will not be in the lineup tonight against the Florida Panthers.
This is the worst news possible… our thoughts and prayers go out to the young family, their friends and loved ones... Wishing the Karlsson family all the strength they need to get through this.