Mourners line up MILES as family of late Oilers Colby Cave player returns home

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Edmonton Oilers forward Colby Cave returned home for a comforting demonstration on the streets of North Battleford, his native Saskatchewan, Monday after the tragic death of a 25-year-old NHL player cerebral hemorrhage two days earlier.

With the COVID-19 epidemic and social distancing guidelines preventing large gatherings, even in rural Canada, the city has shown its support for the family by parking cars and cheering along a nine-kilometer section of Highway 16.

Photos of family members returning home to North Battleford were not readily available, although many images of mourners idling along Highway 16 have been posted on social media.

“It looks like there are over 15 km of cars lined up in front of Battleford waiting for the Colby Cave family,” tweeted former Cave Oilers teammate, retired NHL player Eric Gryba, who also posted a photo of the cars along the two-lane highway. “A heartbreaking and comforting moment. “

Despite the temperatures in their low 20s, Fahrenheit, friends and fans held signs and waved hockey sticks as the caves returned home after a 1,800-mile trip with the help of an escort from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Canada.

Cave was placed in a medically induced coma on April 9 after suffering a brain bleed and was flown to Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto before undergoing emergency surgery to remove a colloid cyst. Unfortunately, Cave’s wife Emily, father Al, mother Jennifer and sister Taylor could not be at his bedside due to restrictions related to coronaviruses.

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With the COVID-19 epidemic and social distance guidelines preventing large gatherings, even in rural Canada, the city has shown its support for the family by parking cars and cheering along a nine-kilometer section of Highway 16 (photo).

Edmonton Oilers forward Colby Cave (photo) returned home on Monday for a comforting demonstration on the streets of North Battleford, Saskatchewan after the tragic death of a 25-year-old NHL player of a brain hemorrhage two days earlier.

Edmonton Oilers forward Colby Cave (right) returned home on Monday for a comforting demonstration on the streets of North Battleford, his native Saskatchewan, after the tragic death of a 25-year-old NHL from a brain hemorrhage two days earlier. With the COVID-19 epidemic and social distance guidelines preventing large gatherings, even in rural Canada, the city has shown its support for the family by parking cars and cheering along a nine kilometer section of Highway 16 (left).

Friends and fans shared their grief Monday in North Battleford, Saskatchewan

Friends and fans shared their grief Monday in North Battleford, Saskatchewan

Faced with similar obstacles in Saskatchewan, family friend Bob Bartkewich hosted the roadside greeting, which included “Missing but not forgotten” signs alongside Cave’s jersey number, 12.

“I was one of the first to own Colby,” said Bartkewich, who plays hockey with Cave’s father, at The Canadian Press. “He was a good boy.

“It just shows the impact the Cave family and Colby have had in town,” said Bartkewich.

Cave’s junior hockey team, the North Stars, posted the necessary information on their Facebook page on Sunday and the response was overwhelming, although exact numbers were not available.

“Wear your hockey jerseys or put up posters and whatever it is you feel to let Al, Jen, Taylor and the rest of the family know that we are thinking of them in this time of need,” read the Facebook publication of l ‘team.

‘The [Royal Canadian Mounted Police] and the Battlefords Fire Department will drive the family from this point across the bridges to the Kramer Cat building where they will return home.

“We want to remember how important it is for social distance right now, so we ask everyone to respect each other. “

Traffic would have lasted nine miles

Traffic lanes run on a highway outside North Battleford, Saskatchewan as mourners provide family support for Colby Cave, the 25-year-old NHL player who died in Toronto on Saturday brain bleeding

Traffic lanes run on a highway outside North Battleford, Saskatchewan as mourners provide family support for Colby Cave, the 25-year-old NHL player who died in Toronto on Saturday brain bleeding

Colby Cave family (not pictured) returned home Sunday to miles of fans offering support

Colby Cave family (not pictured) returned home Sunday to miles of fans offering support

Several fire trucks could be seen with the image of Cave sporting the front

Several fire trucks could be seen with the image of Cave sporting the front

Cave’s death was announced on Saturday, although the Oilers did not say what could have caused the cyst to collide, which put pressure on his brain.

“Our Colby was loved by us, his family and friends, the entire hockey community and many others,” said his family in a statement.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said that Cave’s life and career, while too short, were iconic and inspiring for the best in our game.

“Undrafted but fearless, Colby was relentless in the pursuit of his hockey dream,” he added.

Colby Cave fan wearing his No. 12 Oilers jersey stands next to Highway 16

Colby Cave fan wearing his No. 12 Oilers jersey stands next to Highway 16

Cave was placed in a medically induced coma Tuesday at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. He was flown to Toronto after being admitted to Barrie, Ontario hospital on Monday. Cave underwent emergency surgery on Tuesday to remove a colloidal cyst causing pressure on the brain.

His wife Emily released an emotional update on Wednesday.

“We need a miracle,” she wrote on Instagram. “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 do not know when we will be allowed to see it again.

“The nurse tied her wedding ring to her ankle,” she said. “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.

Cave has scored once in 11 games with Edmonton this season. He scored 11 goals and 23 points in 44 games with the Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League.

“Colby was a great team-mate with great character, admired and loved everywhere he played,” said Oilers president Bob Nicholson and general manager Ken Holland in a joint statement.

While Edmonton Oilers player Colby Cave remained in a medical coma after undergoing surgery to treat brain bleeding, his wife Emily is pleaded for a miracle on social media because she and her family are prevented from seeing it due to COVID-19 restrictions

While Edmonton Oilers player Colby Cave remained in a medical coma after undergoing surgery to treat brain bleeding, his wife Emily is pleaded for a miracle on social media because she and her family are prevented from seeing it due to COVID-19 restrictions

As Emily explained in the post, a nurse tied Cave's wedding band to her ankle

As Emily explained in the message, a nurse tied Cave’s wedding band to her ankle

The Oilers posted Cave’s goal on Twitter this week – an impressive right wing race in which he beat a Pittsburgh defender and stuffed the puck in front of Penguins goalkeeper Matt Murray.

“Colby is a great person who has scored a great goal for us this season,” said the team.

Cave has four goals and five assists in 67 NHL games with Boston and Edmonton.

Boston striker Jake DeBrusk played with Cave in the Western Hockey League and again in the Bruins’ organization.

“I was fortunate to play junior hockey with Colby,” he said on social media. “He was our captain and our chief. It was an unforgettable moment when we played together again in the NHL for the Boston Bruins. “

Cave played five seasons with the WHL Swift Current Broncos before joining the Bruins’ organization for the 2014-15 season after going without a draft. The Oilers claimed waivers from Cave off on January 15, 2019.

The 6 foot 1 inch 200 pound cave made its NHL debut with Boston on December 21, 2017 after being called from AHL Providence. He played three games with Boston that season.

Cave's message appears to document the first time his wife Emily has visited his native Saskatchewan

Cave’s message appears to document the first time his wife Emily has visited his native Saskatchewan

Cave played 15 more games with Boston in 2018 before the Oilers claimed it.

He made headlines in October when he eliminated Calgary Flames prospect Martin Pospisil in a minor league game in California. As the fight went viral, Cave did the same to ensure that the 19-year-old Pospisil recovered.

“What a great guy @ Cavemn10,” Pospisil wrote on Twitter, while attaching text from Cave. “I don’t remember anything that happened last night … so it’s good. While waiting (sic) for a revenge… ”

The text message from Cave to Pospisil said, “Hey buddy, it’s Cave on the other side, I just wanted to reach out and hope you’re okay buddy. [Hate] since. You are a tough child and I respect a guy who defends himself. I hope you have a quick recovery buddy.

His death comes just over two years after another hockey tragedy in the province. Sixteen people died when the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team bus crashed on April 6, 2018.

Mark Lamb, trainer and general manager of Caves in Swift Current, recalled an “infectious smile” and a “great person to be around”.

“He was just a versatile player,” he said from his home in Prince George, British Columbia, on Saturday. “And probably if he wasn’t the best two-way player in the league, he was there. “

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