Melinda Karlsson, wife of Ottawa Senators Erik Karlsson, has filed an application for an order of protection against the Senators forward Mike Hoffman’s fianceé , Monika Caryk.
Melinda has filed an order of protection alleging that Caryk harassed her and her husband throughout much of the last NHL season as well as after the death of their stillborn baby. There is also an active police investigation into the criminal harassment (stalking) allegations.
“Monika Caryk has uttered numerous statements wishing my unborn child dead,” says Melinda Karlsson’s sworn statement to the court.
“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.”
Karlsson accused Caryk of using burner Instagram accounts to leave disturbing and threatening comments, one of which was made after the Karlssons lost their unborn son Axel a month before his due date.
In an Instagram post mourning his son’s death, Erik Karlsson posted a photo of Axel’s tiny footprints. In the post, Karlsson thanked the city and the team’s fans for their love and support and wrote: “We feel very lucky to be Axel’s 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.”
The post garnered more than 10,000 comments, with the overwhelming majority of them expressions of support and sympathy for the couple. However, one comment, posted by user @sandydandy45, stood out: “I feel bad for the baby he didn’t have a chance with Melinda popping pain killer medication everyday.”
It took the league’s top defenceman just seven minutes to respond: “How dare you. You have been making fake accounts and buying hacked ones for months to harass me and my wife but this is an all new low even for you. You are a disgusting person.”
Mike Hoffman and his camp, speaking on behalf of the forward and Caryk, vehemently deny the allegations. Hoffman has since responded to the accusations.
“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, because for some reason it’s coming into our court, and it’s 150 per cent that it’s not us.
“We have nothing to hide. We’re willing to co-operate in any way to solve this and figure it out, and prove that it wasn’t us.”
The Senators released a statement saying the organization is “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.”
As for Mike Hoffman and Erik Karlsson, one or both was already expected to be traded this summer; these accusations seems like it would guarantee it.