Erik Karlsson And Wife Melinda Mourn Heartbreaking Loss Of Son After Stillbirth: ‘We Know We Will Hold Him Again One Day Under Different Circumstances’

Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson is mourning the loss of his son who was stillborn.

In a statement posted to the NHL player’s social media accounts on Wednesday, Erik and Melinda Karlsson shared their heartbreaking experience: “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. 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.”

The couple added that even though their infant they named Axel was stillborn, they “feel very lucky” to have been his 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,” they wrote.

“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 team said in a release on Tuesday.

“We ask that you respect the family’s wishes for privacy during the grieving process.”

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The couple announced in November that they were expecting their first child.

The Senators had said earlier that Karlsson would not play in Tuesday’s game against the visiting Florida Panthers.

~ With Files From ET Canada

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