Oilers Widow’s Colby Cave thanking the team with gifts and letters

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EDMONTON, Alta .– Emily Cave will have some special gifts waiting for players when the Edmonton Oilers wrap up training camp.She’ll be there on Saturday when Edmonton concludes camp with an intrasquad scrimmage, paying tribute to her late husband, Oilers forward Colby Cave. He died in April after suffering a brain hemorrhage.

Emily will not be able to come into direct contact with any of the players due to physical distance restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. So she decided to leave a personal letter and a token of appreciation in their stalls.

“It’s my way of thanking them for the support they’ve given, wishing them well and letting them know that Colby is proud of his teammates and brothers, and we look forward to cheering them on,” Emily said on Friday during of a conference. call.

“Only Connor [McDavid] and [coach] Dave Tippett knows what it’s going to be. It’s nothing big or anything like that. It’s just something special that they can keep in their stall or wear every day. ”

During the scrum on Saturday, all players will wear Cave No.12, with the jerseys being auctioned off later to raise money for the Colby Cave Memorial Fund.

“We are so excited to go see the game tomorrow. I was in tears the other night and I had a moment, it hit me that this was the last time I saw number 12 on the ice, ”Emily said.

Tippett is also looking forward to the scrum before his team open a best-of-five play-in series against the Chicago Blackhawks on August 1.

“We just thought this game would pay tribute to him and his family,” Tippett said. “I think the players are looking forward to it. They respected everything Colby brought to this team. They want to see [the charity] help the people Colby wanted to help. It’s a very meaningful game for them. ”

Cave, 25, of Battleford, Sask., Died April 11 in a Toronto hospital while in a medically induced coma after surgery to remove a colloid cyst that was putting pressure on his brain. He has played 67 career NHL games with the Bruins and Boston Oilers.

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