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Caps Confirm Theodore's Tragic Loss

The two-month old son of Washington Capitals goaltender Jose Theodore has died, the team confirmed Thursday.

"We are aware of the heartbreaking news," GM George McPhee said in a statement issued by the team moments ago. "At this time we ask that everyone respects the privacy of Jose and his family."

Theodore's son was believed to have been born in June, two months premature, according to a friend of Theodore's. The boy had been hospitalized with respiratory complications since birth and died last week.

He was the second child born to Theodore and Stephanie Cloutier, who also have a three-year-old daughter, Romy.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  August 20, 2009; 2:17 PM ET
 
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Damn, was really hoping this was untrue.

Posted by: PhilR | August 20, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Thoughts and prayers - I can not imagine the pain that their family must be feeling right now.

Posted by: armonroe | August 20, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

That is so heart breaking. My condolences to Theodore and his family.

Posted by: capsfan01 | August 20, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

It's very sad news for Jose and his family...It sounds like the family may have been bracing for this day as opposed to a sudden unexpected medical emergency.

It doesnt make it any easier though....

Posted by: SA-Town | August 20, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

I was hoping and praying it was just a rumor. Thoughts and prayers go out to Jose and Stephanie and the entire family.

Posted by: magicoilyoctopi | August 20, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

What horrible news, my heart goes out to their family. And what an awful story to have to work on for Tarik as well.

Posted by: bluejeener1 | August 20, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

If the family designates some charity in lieu of flowers, please report this. I think a lot of people would like to make a gift.

Posted by: pirate1 | August 20, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Very sad. Condolences to Jose & family.

Posted by: whiteltng | August 20, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

very very sad... my wife went into preterm labor with the twins at week 30 (40 is full term) and she got put on strict bedrest for 6 weeks - we were lucky they didn't come out at week 30. Even after that the boys had to be in the nicu for 4 days. Respiratory problems are the biggest worry for premature babies - we got very lucky and I can only imagine the heartache for them the last 2 months.

Posted by: rh71 | August 20, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

What heartbreaking news...my thoughts and prayers go out to Jose and his family.

Posted by: wizfan89 | August 20, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

agree with pirate. if the family designates a charity, or perhaps the hospital the son was treated at, please post this. I'll make a donation.

Posted by: GoCaps08 | August 20, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

What horrible news. Here we have been blithely talking about who is the no. 1 goalie while his son has been in the hospital. Jose and his family are and will be in my thoughts and prayers. I need to hug my child now.

Posted by: newbiecapsfan07 | August 20, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

I got tears in my eyes when I read this. My heart goes out to Theo and his family.

Posted by: CapsChick | August 20, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Our thoughts and prayers are with Jose and Stephanie and their family as they deal with such a family tragedy.

Posted by: hockeyfantastic | August 20, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Wow, this is just terrible. My condolences go out to Jose and his wife.

Posted by: sargeantmofo | August 20, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

My deepest sympathies to the Theodore-Cloutier family.

Posted by: ImWithStupid | August 20, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

:(

Posted by: CamaroFS34 | August 20, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

My deepest condolences to Jose and his wife Stephanie. As much as I love hockey, it has no importance or meaning at this time.

Posted by: realoldcapsfan | August 20, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

How horrible. I can relate to the mis-carriage as my wife mis-carried a baby, but to lose a child, that is just truly heart braking... My thoughts are with your family Jose!

Posted by: hbcapsfan | August 20, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

This is heartbreaking news - condolences to Jose and his family.

Posted by: kittypawz | August 20, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

What heartbreaking news. My condolences to the Theodore family.

Posted by: eric22 | August 20, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

I would like to be notified if there's a charity setup. I will participate. My heart goes out to Jose and his family.

Posted by: romicva | August 20, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

I could not even begin to understand their pain and grief.
All hearts and thoughts become one now.

Rest in Peace,Little Theodore

Posted by: akus2 | August 20, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Heart goes out to him and his family. Can't comprehend what he must be going through.

Posted by: richmondphil | August 20, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Maryland will finish with a 2-10 record.

Maryland's defensive line and linebacker corps are a joke --- no pass rush whatsoever and give up a ton of long yardage plays.

I have seen harder hitting teams in powder puff leagues.

The only hard hits the Terps make - are out of bound plays - which cost them an additional 15 yards - which are quite frequent.

California's running back - Best - will gain 296 yards in the opening game

I love it, when Maryland constantly gets embarrassed on national TV.

Prediction:

California -- 56
Maryland -- 10

It's hilarious to see Maryland win a game - and the very next week get clobbered by a Virginia Tech - Boston College.

It is great to see Maryland go down to a crushing defeat on the football recruiting front (the kids they have received commitments from - are a joke! - taking the bottom of the barrel)

Carolina Blue - Carolina WHITE - Go Tar Heels - Let's go Tar Heels !

Posted by: hclark1 | August 20, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

wut.

wrong blog?

Posted by: richmondphil | August 20, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

No, just an a**hole troll but also on the wrong blog

Posted by: realoldcapsfan | August 20, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I get it.

A lot of Caps fans would be Maryland fans since a lot are from Maryland. Clever troll, I guess. Anyways, this would be the wrong post to do it in. Come back when something not as serious as a infant's death is not going on please.

Posted by: richmondphil | August 20, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Our thoughts are with you.

Posted by: Ramone8 | August 20, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

If the family designates some charity in lieu of flowers, please report this. I think a lot of people would like to make a gift.

Posted by: pirate1 | August 20, 2009 2:42 PM


I will. This is unbelievably sad. :-( Theo is going to need our support this year, no matter how poorly he plays.

Posted by: Chase4 | August 20, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

It's heartbreaking when this happens. All the hopes and dreams... I cannot begin to fathom the sorrow Theo and Stephanie must feel now. Our sympathies are with you.

Posted by: Greg S. | August 20, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

WOW, this is so tragic and really kind of puts things in perspective in terms of what is really important in life.

Jose & Stephanie my heart goes out to you both.

Posted by: doughless | August 20, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

doughless: exactly. Hockey doesn't matter when it comes to a loss of one of your children. I have a 5 year old boy and the first thing I did after hearing about this was hug him and let him know I love him very much.

Posted by: Chase4 | August 20, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Tarik / Katie / Lindsey:

if there is somewhere to send condolences can you post here???

Posted by: doughless | August 20, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Horrible news.
My condolences to you Theo and your family.

Posted by: guer_j | August 20, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

This is horrible news. My daughter is two months old and I wouldn't be able to handle a loss like this. Condolences to Theo and family

Posted by: ejohnsto | August 20, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

As with everyone else, my thoughts and prayers are with Jose & Stephanie in this sad time.

Posted by: ralCapsFan | August 20, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

so sad

Posted by: gocaps01 | August 20, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

All of our thoughts are with you Jose.

Posted by: DisgustedinArlington | August 20, 2009 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Damn, damn, damn. :-( Jose, Stephanie, and Romy - you're in my thoughts and prayers. Wow. I'm beyond stunned...

Posted by: irockthered | August 20, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

So sorry to hear the sad news.....all the CAPS fans down here in southern VA are thinking of Jose's family......

Posted by: lynchburgvacapsfan | August 20, 2009 9:12 PM | Report abuse

May God bless the entire family.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by: WCAPS1 | August 20, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

As a parent, I can't imagine anything more painful or tragic than the loss of a child.

My thoughts and prayers to Jose, his family, and to Caps nation.

Jeff

Posted by: PensFan98 | August 20, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Prayers to Jose and his family. Thankfully it happened during the summer so he could share every minute of the last 2 months with his little man.

Now I must go kiss my sleeping baby boy's head...

Posted by: kathiewe | August 20, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

I'm at a loss. We critique these guys and at the end of the day, they're just like us, just trying to take care of their family. Hopefully Jose and Stephanie will get the privacy they need to begin to deal with this tragedy.

Posted by: fanohock1 | August 20, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

this is just heartbreaking. i feel so deeply for Jose and his entire family. My daughter was born at 23 weeks and spent 111 days in the NICU. We were very lucky. I only wish Jose's family had been as lucky

Posted by: mopalko | August 20, 2009 11:00 PM | Report abuse

:(

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | August 20, 2009 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Echo the sentiments expressed here. Thoughts and prayers for the family. I can't imagine the anguish for Jose and Stephanie, and the difficulty for their daughter, in this tragedy.

Posted by: miseaujeu | August 20, 2009 11:24 PM | Report abuse

With one sad and notable exception, I am very proud of how the Caps Nation has come together to support Jose Theodore and his family in this extremely sad and trying time. Unfortunately I can relate to a lot of what they are going through at this time. I too lost a child, a son, Nathanial and even after 20+ years I still think of him. Without the help and support of friends, family and faith I don't think we would have made it then and I am sure the Theodore's will need all the support they can get. Once things settle down a little, and that will be a long time, maybe Jose and Stephanie will be able to review this thread and see how much we care and support them.

As I said earlier, hockey means nothing at a time like this.

Posted by: realoldcapsfan | August 21, 2009 12:21 AM | Report abuse

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Jose. You may have met some of us before, and you may not have but we care about you as an individual, not only as an athlete. I hope our combined efforts to show our support can give you strength and warmth during this tragic time in your life.

Posted by: alliefitch | August 21, 2009 12:41 AM | Report abuse

wow. i didn't even know he had recently had a son =(

this is so awful. Jose, you'll probably never read this but our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. RIP

Posted by: jogabonito | August 21, 2009 2:34 AM | Report abuse

jose has been through a lot, he definitely needs our support more than ever.

Posted by: jogabonito | August 21, 2009 2:40 AM | Report abuse

There is nothing worse for a parent than the loss of a child. A very sad night in Caps nation. Thoughts and prayers.

Posted by: croftonpost | August 21, 2009 2:41 AM | Report abuse

This is, indeed, very sad news. Regarding the multiple suggestions to identify a charity or provide donations...since we have all come together on this, let's consider doing something ourselves. Can anyone on this blog with a little extra time, dig further into the news stories to identify the name of the hospital in Canada? Alternatively, does anyone have any experience setting up charitable giving? Let's put our efforts into starting something here in DC to show Jose and his family that they truly are in our thoughts and prayers...

Posted by: Caps16Fan | August 21, 2009 7:40 AM | Report abuse

I wanted to say something, I got nothing. Hockey will be here when you are ready JT.

Posted by: TheCapitalist1 | August 21, 2009 8:05 AM | Report abuse

This is just so gut-wrenching. My mom told me over and over while I was growing up that your love for your kids is like nothing else. She said you love you kids so much it hurts and I never knew what she meant until I had kids of my own. It didn't take long until I knew exactly what she meant. I can't imagine what Jose is going through.

On a side note, somebody at Channel 9 should be fired. They reported this yesterday and while they are giving the story what do they choose to show? The 4 goals he gave up against the Rangers. Are you serious?

Posted by: ouvan59 | August 21, 2009 8:10 AM | Report abuse

The fans should do something on opening night to show support for Theo. A silent standing ovation or something to show that we are behind him and feel for his loss? I don't really know. This is an incomprehensible loss. I won't be at the games this year, but I'd like to see the fans do something.

Nos pensées et prières sont avec vous et votre famille Theo.

Posted by: lornemyoung | August 21, 2009 8:29 AM | Report abuse

October is so far away. Perhaps those that make it to training camp can make him feel we are thinking of him.

I have a feeling he has always felt like we haven't embraced him because at the time he was signed we wanted Huet. Then, with his contract being short term a lot of us began looking to the future immediately. A true show of support could probably go a long way. He will probably bury himself in hockey as a way of dealing with the pain.

Posted by: fanohock1 | August 21, 2009 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Nos sympathie, Jose. Nous pensons a toi et a toute ta famille.

Posted by: holliden | August 21, 2009 8:43 AM | Report abuse

All my sympathies Jose. I know everyone in the region and across the hockey world wishes you the best through these tough times.

Posted by: TrabZ | August 21, 2009 9:24 AM | Report abuse

If you did a silent standing ovation for him, he would likely have to leave the ice. I know I wouldn't be able to play. HOWEVER a nice standing LOUD ovation may be better as he knows we care, but it's not so sad. IMHO anyway.
As all have stated, if a charity comes up let us know. Thanks!

Posted by: Iceman10 | August 21, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

My heart goes out to Theo and his family, this is just another reminder that they play a game for a living and there are more important things out there.

Posted by: Caps73 | August 21, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

I can not imagine that kind of pain. I have two sons that are my world and I could not fathom living this life w/o them. My deepest, heart-felt condolences go out to the Theodore family.

Posted by: terpwiz | August 21, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

@Iceman10

I see what you are saying. I just thought with it being opening night it wouldn't be possible to differentiate from the usual "Rocking the Red" atmosphere that this was something different and directed at/for the Theodore family. I don't know really what fans can do to show support. Maybe as has been said the team can suggest a charity after a bit more time has passed. Privacy is probably the best thing at the moment.

I like what fanohock1 had to say as well too and I agree. Perhaps as fans we haven't really embraced Jose Theodore as "one of ours" until this moment.

Posted by: lornemyoung | August 21, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

This is heartbreaking. As a parent, I can't imagine losing a child. Thoughts and prayers to the Theodore family.

Posted by: Grape8 | August 21, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

I haven't posted my sympathies for Theo & his family because I was trying to find the proper words. I can't. I just feel awful.

Posted by: uncatim | August 21, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

I can not imagine a greater loss than to lose a child. I offer my deepest condolences to Jose and his family. I also pray for peace and healing among his family and friends.

Posted by: Terptwin | August 21, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

I agree with what fanohock1 had to say. I don't think the Caps fans have totally embraced Jose. First we wanted Huet, then there was Varly and Neuvy and lastly Brent Johnson - I have been guilty of this as well.

I met Jose at the ESPNZone Q&A appearance last season and he was very personable with the fans and he earned a ton of respect in my eyes in how he dealt with his benching in the playoffs and particularly how he treated Varly.

I definitely like the idea of making him feel our support at training camp. My condolences go out to Jose, Stephanie, Romy and the rest of your family. Words can not express my sadness at your loss. Hopefully he will read all these posts one day and realize how much we care about him as a person.

Posted by: theresa21 | August 21, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Players can receive fan mail by sending letters to:
Washington Capitals
Attn: (Players name)
627 North Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22203

Let's fill Jose's mailbox with sympathy cards at KCI.

Posted by: theresa21 | August 21, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

I thought about a card, but I wasn't sure if it might become overwhelming for him if an avalanche of cards arrived at Kettler. My sense from the French story is that, at this point, they want to grieve in private.

GMGM's statement is very simple, but I think Tarik et al. have given us a place to show how much Caps Nation cares now, and I think the team will ask Jose about memorials and such when he's ready to think about them -- and they'll be sure to let us know.

Posted by: miseaujeu | August 21, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

I was driving home from a pretty lousy day at work when I heard the news. After the report ended, I could not even remember what my "lousy" day entailed.
Really puts things in perspective.

I agree. Give Theo whatever time and privacy he needs.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | August 22, 2009 12:09 AM | Report abuse

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