Boston Bruins star forward David Pastrnak announced early Monday morning on Instagram that his newborn son Viggo, who was born on June 17, had passed away six days later.
“We have an Angel watching over us and we call him SON. You will be loved FOREVER. Please respect our privacy as we are going through these heartbreaking times,” Pastrnak wrote around 2 AM ET Monday.
The always affable David Pastrnak and his girlfriend announced that they were expecting a baby boy back in January and as any expecting Dad would be, Pastrnak beamed with excitement and joy every time the media asked how he and his girlfriend were doing as they prepared for the arrival of Viggo. As Pastrnak struggled down the stretch run of the regular season and just prior to the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs, he drew on family and the expected arrival of Viggo to power through.
“You come home and you don’t think about hockey at all, you obviously have other priorities,” David Pastrnak told NHL.com back on May 9. “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. 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.”
David Pastrnak has always been a source of positivity and laughs for his teammates, the media that covers him, fans, and anyone that knows him. We at Boston Hockey Now send our deepest condolences to him and his family in this tragic time. May the sunshine he always provides for others shine brightly on them and help them through this. May flights of angels carry thee, Viggo.