Melinda Karlsson nee Currey is the wife of Erik Karlsson, the captain of the Ottawa Senators.
The couple has had a roller coaster year in 2018. In addition to the much ballyhooed — but ultimately fruitless — rumors of one of hockey’s elite defensemen being shopped at the NHL trade deadline, the couple was expecting their first-born son in mid-April. In late March, the heartbroken Karlsson family announced that their unborn son, Axel, died in utero.
Months later, reports have come out that Melinda Karlsson is accusing the fiancé of Erik’s teammate, Mike Hoffman, of a calculated series of harassments.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. She Has Accused Monika Caryk of Harassment
Melinda Karlsson has filed an order of protection against Mike Hoffman’s girlfriend, Monika Caryk. Mrs. Karlsson has accused Caryk of a “season-long campaign of targeted online harassment” against her, according to the New York Post.
“Monika Caryk has uttered numerous statements wishing my unborn child dead. She also uttered that she wished I was dead and that someone should ‘take out’ my husband’s legs to ‘end his career.’ Monika Caryk has posted over 1,000 negative and derogatory statements about me as a professional,” reads the official court statements, in part.
Hoffman has responded to the claims, saying that his girlfriend, whom he has been dating for nearly 10 years, had nothing to do with the cyber attacks.
“There is a 150-percent 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 cooperate 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, because for some reason it’s coming into our court, and it’s 150 percent that it’s not us. We have nothing to hide. We’re willing to cooperate in any way to solve this and figure it out, and prove that it wasn’t us,” Hoffman said in a statement.
2. Her Son, Axel, Was Stillborn
Melinda and Erik were expecting their first child this year. The couple shared their exciting baby news with the world in the fall, and were overjoyed to become parents.
In March, however, Erik shared the devastating news that the couple’s son was stillborn. He posted the following message …read more