The wife of star NHL defenseman Erik Karlsson has sought a protection order against the girlfriend of one of Karlsson’s Ottawa Senators teammates.
The girlfriend allegedly led a harassment campaign targeting the unborn child the Karlssons ultimately lost in March, according to a published report Tuesday.
Melinda Karlsson swore in a filing in an Ottawa court that Monika Caryk, the longtime girlfriend of forward Mike Hoffman, “uttered numerous statements wishing my unborn child dead,” the Ottawa Citizen reported.
When reached by the newspaper, Hoffman said:
“There is a 150 per cent chance that my fianceé Monika and I are not involved in any of the accusations that have been pursued (that are) coming our way. We totally understand there’s no place for cyberbullying.
“We’ve offered to co-operate and do anything it takes to find out who is doing this, and support (the Karlssons). Obviously this is a tough time that they’re going through, and we want to find out who is doing this.”
The Karlssons announced in March that their unborn son, due in April, had died, leading to an outpouring of support and well wishes from around the NHL.
The harassment allegedly began in November, about the same time the Karlssons announced on social media they were expecting.
“She also uttered that she wished I was dead and that someone should ‘take out’ my husband’s legs to ‘end his career,’ ” Melinda Karlsson wrote in her filing, according to the Ottawa Citizen. “Monika Caryk has posted over 1,000 negative and derogatory statements about me as a professional.”
The newspaper also reported that Ottawa police had commenced a criminal investigation.
Reached by email Tuesday, an Ottawa police spokesperson told USA TODAY Sports that the department “does not confirm or deny investigations about named persons” unless charges are filed and wouldn’t confirm Melinda Karlsson had filed a complaint against Caryk.
The Senators also are investigating and issued a statement Tuesday that reads:
“We are investigating this matter in co-operation with the NHL and will take whatever steps are necessary to protect the safety and privacy of our players and their families.”
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