This past Tuesday, Edmonton Oilers forward Colby Cave had been admitted to a hospital with a brain bleed. He was put in a medically-induced coma and had surgery to remove a colloid cyst that put pressure on his brain. Sadly, Cave passed away Saturday morning at the age of 25.
Cave’s wife, Emily, and the rest of the family released a statement on Cave’s passing.
It is with great sadness to share the news that our Colby Cave passed away early this morning. I (Emily) and both our families are in shock but know our Colby was loved dearly by us, his family and friends, the entire hockey community, and many more. We thank everyone for their prayers during this difficult time.
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 concerns, Cave’s family eventually weren’t able to visit Colby in the hospital and Emily had been posting on Instagram over the past few days hoping and praying for a miracle.
From Battleford, Saskatchewan, Cave played six seasons with two organizations within the NHL and AHL. Cave began his career with the Boston Bruins/Providence Bruins and then went to play for the Edmonton Oilers/Bakersfield Condors starting in the 2018-19 season. In his NHL career, Cave played in 67 games and scored four goals and five assists. Cave spent most of the 2019-20 season in Bakersfield where he scored 11 goals and 12 assists in 44 games before the season was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cave’s passing is an unfortunate reminder that our future isn’t guaranteed. Even in these self-quarantining/social distancing times, it’s important to appreciate every day because you never know what might happen next.