NHL winger Evander Kane announced on Thursday that the reason for his recent absence was because his wife had suffered a miscarriage.
CBS Sports reports the 27-year-old Sharks’ player reportedly missed the team’s last six games due to an injury and “personal reasons.” Kane detailed those reasons in a Twitter post on Thursday.
A message from my family and I pic.twitter.com/q8sPXQkWh8
— Evander Kane (@evanderkane_9) March 14, 2019
I would like to thank everyone who has reached out to my wife and I during this extremely difficult time. Over the weekend, our daughter, Eva, at 26 weeks, passed away. As expecting parents, this past week has broken us.
Further, he thanked their loved ones and his team for their support and understanding.
We’ve received a ton of support from family and friends, and we truly want to thank them. We would also like to thank our Sharks Family for their support, compassion, and allowing me to be with my family during this time.
Fun to be able to score #200 last night on home ice at the tank, followed with a great team win. pic.twitter.com/1ibdsUn9bv
— Evander Kane (@evanderkane_9) January 6, 2019
The hockey player also shared a touching message to his late daughter.
My family and I are heartbroken. Words cannot express how excited we were to welcome our baby girl into the world and watch her grow. Eva, you have been the absolute biggest blessing of our lives and we are all so grateful for all the joy you brought us in such a short amount of time.You gave us all, especially your mom and I, something to be incredibly excited about. And though we are devastated that you couldn’t stay with us longer, your mom and I will always cherish the time we had with your beautiful soul. Your spirit will give us strength, your love will give us comfort. We will love you forever.
The National Hockey League family offers its deepest condolences to Evander Kane and his family. https://t.co/thT194sc0e
— NHL (@NHL) March 14, 2019
NHLPA staff extend their sincerest condolences to Evander Kane and his family through this extremely difficult time. https://t.co/3TgoOOWXvU
— NHLPA (@NHLPA) March 14, 2019
According to Very Well Family, Kane made a wise decision in taking some time off from work. The website suggests those coping with a miscarriage give themselves some personal time to grieve.
Further, the site emphasizes the importance of couples supporting each other and communicating with each other during the grieving process.
Very Well Family also advises mourning parents to honor their baby with a statue, a tree, a garden, or a piece of jewelry.
Other tips include writing in a journal and finding a support group.