Ugly face­off: Ha­rass­ment claim rocks the Ot­tawa hockey ‘fam­ily’

Karls­son’s wife files suit against Hoff­man’s part­ner

The Welland Tribune - - Sports -

OT­TAWA — The wife of Ot­tawa Sen­a­tors cap­tain Erik Karls­son has filed an or­der of pro­tec­tion against the part­ner of one of Karls­son’s team­mates, al­leg­ing ha­rass­ment and cy­ber­bul­ly­ing.

In an ap­pli­ca­tion for a peace bond filed May 4 in an Ot­tawa court, Melinda Karls­son al­leges that Monika Caryk posted hun­dreds of deroga­tory on­line mes­sages aimed at her and her hus­band.

Caryk is the long­time part­ner of Sen­a­tors for­ward Mike Hoff­man.

“Monika Caryk has ut­tered nu­mer­ous state­ments wish­ing my un­born child dead,” Karls­son said in the sworn state­ment. The Karlssons’ first child, a son named Axel, was still­born in March.

Karls­son also claimed Caryk “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.”

The Sen­a­tors said in a state­ment Tues­day that the Na­tional Hockey League club 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.”

Hoff­man de­nied the al­le­ga­tions in a state­ment. An email to Hoff­man’s agent seek­ing com­ment was not im­me­di­ately re­turned.

Ac­cord­ing to Canada’s

De­part­ment of Jus­tice web­site, 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.

The Karlssons were the tar­get of cy­ber­bul­ly­ing in March. An ugly on­line com­ment was posted on Erik Karls­son’s In­sta­gram ac­count af­ter the de­fence­man made a post ac­knowl­edg­ing the sup­port he and Melinda re­ceived fol­low­ing their son’s death.

“I feel bad for the baby he didn’t

have a chance with Melinda pop­ping pain killer med­i­ca­tion ev­ery­day,” posted an In­sta­gram user known as sandy­dandy45.

Karls­son’s re­sponse sug­gested the com­ment was part of a larger pat­tern of ha­rass­ment.

“How dare you,” he posted. “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.”

Karls­son was drafted 15th over­all by the Sen­a­tors in 2008 and has blos­somed into an elite NHL de­fence­man, while

Hoff­man is one of the team’s top

for­wards with four straight sea­sons of more than 20 goals.

The al­le­ga­tions are the lat­est blow in what his been a ter­ri­ble few weeks for the Sen­a­tors.

As­sis­tant gen­eral man­ager Randy Lee has been charged with ha­rass­ing a ho­tel shut­tle driver in Buf­falo dur­ing the NHL’s pre-draft scout­ing com­bine two weeks ago, and the Sen­a­tors con­firmed he has a July 6 court appearance.

And late last month, for­mer cap­tain Daniel Al­freds­son told Ot­tawa blog­ger Sue Sher­ring that he hoped the Sen­a­tors get a new owner in place of the em­bat­tled Eu­gene Mel­nyk.

GETTY IM­AGES FILE PHOTO

Mike Hoff­man of the Ot­tawa Sen­a­tors cel­e­brates with team­mates Clarke MacArthur, left, and Erik Karls­son af­ter scor­ing a goal against Hen­rik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers dur­ing the 2017 Stan­ley Cup play­offs.

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