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Karlsson announces birth of daughter with touching post on Instagram

Sharks defenseman, wife share first picture of newborn

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

It's a baby Shark!

San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson and wife Melinda announced the birth of a beautiful baby girl on Thursday.

The two-time Norris Trophy winner posted a picture on Instagram of the family in full hospital scrubs taken shortly after the birth of Harlow Rain Karlsson.

Instagram from @erikkarlsson65: The Karlsson Family

Karlsson posted a sincere and emotional caption along with the first family photo.

"To my beautiful wife for doing everything in her power to bring our beautiful little baby girl in to this world, never have I met a more determined or stronger person than you. It hasn't been easy but after the rain finally our little rainbow arrived. Love you both more than I could ever imagine," Karlsson wrote.

The Sharks official Instagram account, as well as teammates such as Brent Burns and Timo Meier and plenty of others posted congratulations on the photo.

Karlsson missed San Jose's season-opening game against the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday for what can now be described as the best of reasons.

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