Condolences pour in after son of Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson dies

The Ottawa Senators say the son of captain Erik Karlsson has died.

Erik and Melinda Karlsson had previously announced that the baby was due in the spring

Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson and his wife, Melinda, had been expecting a new arrival in April, but have lost their son. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

The Ottawa Senators are heartbroken for their grieving captain.

The club revealed Tuesday that the son of Erik and Melinda Karlsson has died.

The couple announced they were expecting in November 2017. Karlsson had previously said the baby was due in the spring, during the NHL playoffs. 

The 27-year-old defenceman didn't suit up in the Senators' 7-2 loss to the Florida Panthers Tuesday night. Following the game, his teammates and head coach Guy Boucher offered their condolences. 

"Everybody is heartbroken, it's awful," Boucher said. "We definitely feel for Erik and his wife and his family.

"It's been a tough year but this is a real personal, devastating blow to them. We feel for them and Erik is going to take the time he needs to come back and once he does we'll do our best to support him. It's definitely a sad day."

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Defenceman Mark Boroweicki said he couldn't even imagine what the Karlssons are going through. 

"It puts perspective on life and what's going on here. It's important they take time to grieve and be together," he said.

"There is so much love coming out of this dressing room for them. Erik is a huge part of this team and Erik and Melinda are a huge part of this community and this city. We really are a family in here and it hurts all of us deeply."

In particular, Karlsson's loss resonated with Senators forward Zach Smith.

"As expecting parents it hits a little deeper," he said. "I don't know what else to say. It's devastating and I just feel terrible for them. I just hope they're doing OK and we'll be here to support them."

Earlier Tuesday the organization issued a statement, offering its thoughts and prayers to the Karlsson family.

Condolences also poured in on Twitter.

Marc Savard, a former NHL player from Ottawa, also offered sympathy. 

With files from The Canadian Press