We Miss You, Colby: Bruins, Oilers Celebrate the Life of Late Colby Cave

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Thursday night at TD Garden was more than a game between the Boston Bruins and Edmonton Oilers. It was a time to remember and celebrate the life of the late Colby Cave.

Prior to the start of the game, a video was shown encapsulating Colby’s time with both the Bruins and Oilers.

Emily Cave took part in a ceremonial pregame puck drop in her late husband’s memory. Bruins and Oilers players gave Emily hugs in love and support.

The Boston Bruins Foundation auctioned off game-used sticks from both teams with the proceeds benefitting the Colby Cave Memorial Fund, dedicated to initiatives in Boston and Providence. The Boston Bruins Foundation 50/50 Raffle also benefited the Colby Cave Memorial Fund.

Emily tweeted a photo with captains Patrice Bergeron and Connor McDavid to thank them.

Bruins’ head coach Bruce Cassidy called Colby “one of the most genuine kids I’ve ever coached” in his pregame presser:

Overnight on April 7, 2020, Colby was airlifted to Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto after suffering a brain bleed. He was placed in a medically induced coma and underwent emergency surgery to remove a colloid cyst that was causing pressure on his brain.

Emily released a statement on the morning of April 11 confirming the news of his passing:

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.

An outpouring of support from players and teams across the NHL expressed their condolences. Colby 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.

Providence announced on Thursday evening the team will wear special “Caver” helmet stickers for the rest of the season, and hold “Colby Cave Night” on April 9.

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, before the Oilers claimed him off of waivers on January 15, 2019.

Thursday’s game was the first time the Bruins and Oilers played each other since Colby’s passing. Emily called it a “bittersweet” but “special” moment:

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