Edmonton Oilers’ Colby Cave, 25, Dies After Suffering Brain Bleed

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It’s a devastating day in the hockey world. Edmonton Oilers’ center Colby Cave passed away Saturday morning after suffering a brain bleed earlier this week. He was 25-years-old.

His wife, Emily released a statement this morning confirming the news:

It is with great sadness to share the news that our Colby Cave passed away early this morning. I (Emily) and both our families are in shock but know our Colby was loved dearly by us, his family and friends, the entire hockey community, and many more. We thank everyone for their prayers during this difficult time.

In an emotional post on Instagram, Emily said, “I never dreamed of being a widow before our first wedding anniversary. Although every cell in my body is lost without you, I promise to continue to make you proud.”

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To my best friend & love of my life, Colby 🤍 My heart is shattered. The amount of physical, mental, and emotional pain I am in when I think about never seeing, touching, or holding you again is unbearable. You are and will always be my person, my hero, the greatest thing to happen to me. I never dreamed of being a widow before our first wedding anniversary. Although, every cell in my body is lost without you, I promise to continue to make you proud. You were the best friend, husband, doggy daddy, and oh how I wished to see you as a baby daddy. I’ll see you again soon, Colb. You’ll be in heaven meeting me with a warm wet kiss. You’ll be with me every step of the way. I don’t want to stop writing just like I didn’t want to stop holding you this morning at the hospital. You are my everything. You always will be. Thank you for now being the best Guardian Angel. Just as you ended your vows, I am going to end with one word, AGAPE. ✨

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Oilers’ general manager Ken Holland and chairman Bob Nicholson said in a joint statement that Colby was a “terrific teammate with great character” who was “admired and liked everywhere he played.”

Colby’s sister, Taylor tweeted her grievances and called their sibling bond “special”:

An outpouring of support from players and teams across the NHL have expressed their condolences. Cave’s former team, the Boston Bruins released statements as well.

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On Tuesday, Cave was airlifted to Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto after suffering a brain bleed overnight. He was placed in a medically induced coma and underwent emergency surgery to remove a colloid cyst that was causing pressure on his brain.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettmann expressed his sympathies calling Colby an “earnest and hardworking player”.

The Washington Capitals released a statement a short time ago:

Cave was signed by the Bruins in April 2015 but played out the rest of the 2014-15 season with the Providence Bruins, Boston’s AHL affiliate. He picked up 97 points (37 goals) in Providence. His NHL debut came in the final year of his rookie contract in December 2017. Cave scored his first NHL goal on December 17, 2018. He collected 5 points that season with Boston before being placed on waivers.

The Oilers claimed Colby Cave on January 15, 2019. He posted 4 points with Edmonton and 23 points (11 goals) with their AHL team, Bakersfield Condors.

On behalf of everyone at NoVa Caps, rest in peace, Colby.

By Della Young

About Della Young

Della Young is an aspiring novelist and screenwriter who earned a BFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University in 2021. She comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for hockey in 2019. In her spare time, Della enjoys traveling, cooking, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung
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1 Response to Edmonton Oilers’ Colby Cave, 25, Dies After Suffering Brain Bleed

  1. Scottlew73 says:

    Truly worst part of this situation is he fails to reach minimum amount of games needed to qualify for pension. Not sure if league or team insurance policies would support his wife. Maybe league or players association could ask teams to give up 10% of team salary for last remaining part of schedule. God knows he wasn’t @ top end of salary scale but would be nice to see support for his family.

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