Edmonton Oilers forward Colby Cave died early Saturday morning less than a week after bleeding from the brain. He was 25 years old.
The Oilers released a statement Saturday from Cave’s wife Emily announcing his death.
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“It is with great sadness to share the news that our Colby Cave passed away early this morning,” said the statement. “Me (Emily) and our two families are in shock, but I know our Colby was loved by us, his family and friends, the whole hockey community and many others. We thank everyone for their prayers during this difficult time. “
Cave was placed in a medically induced coma on Tuesday after undergoing brain bleeding and undergoing surgery to remove a colloidal cyst that was causing pressure on his brain.
Organizations and players in the league went to social media to share their condolences.
“So sad to hear about Colby Cave,” wrote Tony DeAngelo of the New York Rangers on Twitter. “Reflections and prayers to his family and friends. TEAR “
The Swift Current Broncos, a Western Hockey League team where Cave has spent five seasons, have released a statement regarding the devastating news from their former captain.
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“Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this time”, Publish Lily. “Rest in peace, Caver. “
The Pittsburgh Penguins released a statement joining the “hockey world to mourn the loss of Colby Cave”.
“Our deepest condolences go out to his family, friends, teammates and the Oilers organization,” Publish continued.
Retired NHL player Jeremy Roenick called the news of Cave’s death “terrible.”
“Rest in peace, Colby,” he said in a tweet.
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Cave has scored a goal in 11 games with the Oilers this season. He spent time with the Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League, scoring 11 goals with 23 points in 44 games.
Before joining the Boston Bruins for the 2014-15 season, Cave played five seasons with the Broncos. He joined the Oilers in 2019.