Monika Caryk, the girlfriend of Ottawa Senators forward Mike Hoffman, is accused of engaging in a “season-long campaign of targeted online harassment” against the wife of the team’s captain, Erik Karlsson.
Melinda Karlsson, Erik’s wife, took the dispute to court, seeking an order of protection against Caryk. According to NBC Sports, the Ottawa Senators were one of the NHL’s worst teams last season. However, the turmoil on the ice appears to pale next to the drama off it. Hoffman and Caryk deny the accusations.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Melinda Says the Harassment Involved 1,000 Messages & Caryk Has Dated Hoffman for 10 Years
The application for the protection order accuses Monica Caryk of engaging in a campaign of harassment that dated back to November 2017, according to The Ottawa Citizen. Technically, Melinda applied for what is called a “peace bond” in Canada.
According to CBC, “a peace bond is a protection order that requires a person to keep the peace and be on good behaviour, and is used when that person appears likely to commit a criminal offence, but there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an offence has actually been committed.”
Furthermore, the Ottawa Citizen newspaper, which was first to break the story, reports there is a police investigation into Melinda’s accusations of criminal stalking, adding that Melinda alleged that “Monika Caryk has posted over 1,000 negative and derogatory statements about me as a professional.” According to CBS Sports, the accusations revolve around “burner accounts” used to deliver the messages.
According to FabWags, the Canadian-born Caryk has been dating Mike Hoffman for a decade. They are both from Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.
2. Some of the Messages Allegedly Mentioned the Karlssons’ Stillborn Son
Erik and Melinda Karlsson recently suffered a great tragedy; their son was stillborn earlier this year.
Melinda accuses Monika Caryk of using that tragedy in a vicious message, alleging, “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.’”
CBS Sports reports that one message from a possible burner account was left on an Instagram post that Erik made about the couple’s …read more