Edmonton Oilers forward Colby Cave died on April 11 of a brain hemorrhage a few days earlier. The 25-year-old was placed in a medical coma at a Toronto hospital and had to undergo emergency surgery to remove a cyst, which put pressure on his brain.
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The Saskatchewan community organized a procession with vehicles lined up along Highway 16 to send messages of support and condolences to the Cave family on Monday.
A family friend, Bob Bartkewich, helped organize the procession and has known Colby’s father since they were in kindergarten.
“Our recreational hockey team started this, and from there, the community got involved, businesses got involved and as you can see on the cars, it’s snowballing. It shows how much Colby and the Cave family are impacting this city, ”he said.
Bartkewich understands that the grieving process has been difficult for the community given the measures put in place because of COVID-19, but he is happy that he can make it happen for the Cave family.
He said Cave organized an annual father-son hockey game in Battleford where he would make sure every child felt included.
“It’s not just because he was a Battlefords North Star, Swift Current Bronco or even back then with Providence [Bruins] – his smile brought everyone who wanted to stand next to him and be with him and his smile was so contagious. He looked after so many people, “said Bartkewich.
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Bartkewich said he was unsure when friends and family could get together and was happy to have been able to offer this support to his friends.
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Cave junior hockey coach Mark Lamb said he was not surprised by the outpouring of support for the Cave family.
” They deserve it. I wish I could be in one of these vehicles along the road too and I’m sure a lot of people in the hockey world would like to be able to be there too, “Lamb said via Zoom in Prince George, British Columbia. British.
Lamb also noted that Cave had taken time for everyone he came into contact with.
During his tenure in the WHL, Cave was named captain of the Broncos for two seasons.
“Colby was a beloved member of the Swift Current Broncos team and the Swift Current community, and he will be remembered as an inspiring leader, a loved member of his ticket family, a true teammate and a great friend, “reads a press release. from the Broncos hockey club.
“Colby’s impact on the community of Swift Current and southwestern Saskatchewan was immeasurable, and while we all mourn his passing, Colby’s legacy will remain in the hearts of everyone he inspired. “
He played 11 games with the Oilers this regular season, scoring a goal.
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