Star Boston Bruins winger David Pastrnak has announced the death of his newborn son six days after the infant was born.
Pastrnak, 25, posted to Instagram the news that his son with girlfriend Rebecca Rohlsson, Viggo Rohl Pastrnak, died on June 23. He gave no cause of death.
“We have an Angel watching over us and we call him SON. You will be loved FOREVER,” Pastrnak posted. “Please respect our privacy as we are going through these heartbreaking times.”
The National Hockey League offered Pastrnak their condolences, according to the Associated Press.
Boston Bruins Support David Pastrnak
The Bruins released a statement in support of Pastrnak. In it, they expressed sorrow over the loss and asked fans to respect Pastrnak’s privacy.
“We are heartbroken by the passing of David and Rebecca’s son, Viggo. David and Rebecca are a part of our family and we share in their loss,” the statement reads. “Please keep them in your thoughts and respect their privacy during this very difficult time.”
Fellow NHL teams joined in the expressions of condolences. The Montreal Canadiens, the Colorado Avalanche, the Nashville Predators, the Philadelphia Flyers and the Seattle Kraken also released statements mourning Pastrnak’s loss.
Pastrnak Was Eagerly Anticipating His Son’s Arrival
In a recent interview with NHL.com, Pastrnak described his mindset leading up to his son’s birth. He had been too busy painting a nursery and building a crib to worry about the what-ifs.
“You come home and you don’t think about hockey at all, you obviously have other priorities,” Pastrnak said. “You’re getting ready for the baby and we couldn’t be more excited. So, hockey’s not been talked much lately at home and sometimes that’s good, you know?”
“When things are going well, it’s good, and when things are not going well, sometimes you just need to think about other stuff,” Pastrnak added. “For me it’s been definitely something new, but I’m so excited. Family is always going to be No. 1 and at the end of the day. I’m grateful that I can live and work with a job that I love, but at the end of the day it’s just a game. [My family] is always going to be No. 1.”
Pastrnak himself was born in the Czech Republic. He made the All-Star game in 2019 and 2020 and was named All-Star Game MVP last year.