NHL star Colby Cave died tragically at the age of 25 from a brain hemorrhage.
The Edmonton Oilers forward was operated on for a cyst on Tuesday and the NHL announced his death today.
The Alberta, Canada-based ice hockey team issued a family statement which read: “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. “
Canadian Cave went under the knife to remove a cyst that was putting pressure on its brain after it was flown to Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto on Tuesday.
He was placed in a medical coma on arrival after being admitted to Barrie, Ontario hospital on Monday.
His agent Jason Davidson has since confirmed that his death had nothing to do with the coronavirus.
Emily Cave’s wife posted a sincere message of hope on Instagram on Wednesday.
He said, “We need a miracle.
“Colby’s parents and I were able to see him through a window and speak to him last night on a walkie-talkie.
“We are no longer allowed to be in the hospital because Covid-19 reigns.
“We don’t know when we will be allowed to see him again. “
“The nurse tied her wedding ring to her ankle.
“I dream of being able to touch you, hear your voice, shake your hand (3 times) and kiss you again.
“I love you so much, and my heart is broken into a million pieces without my best friend. “
The National Hockey League released a statement on its own and Commissioner Gary Bettman said, “The National Hockey League family mourns the heartbreaking death of Colby Cave, whose hockey life and career, though too short, were an iconic inspiration from the best of our game.
“Undrafted but fearless, Colby has been relentless in the pursuit of his hockey dream with the Edmonton Oilers and Boston Bruins organizations.
“A serious and hardworking player, he was admired by his teammates and coaches.
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“Most importantly, he was a warm and generous person who was appreciated by everyone who had the chance to know him.
“We extend our sincere condolences to his wife Emily, their families and Colby’s countless friends in the hockey world. “
Cave had four goals and five assists in 67 NHL career games for Edmonton and the Boston Bruins.