Edmonton Oilers forward Colby Cave died Saturday after suffering a brain bleed earlier this week, his family said in a statement. He was 25 years old. Cave made his debut in the NHL on December 21, 2017. His death did not appear to be related to COVID-19, his agent said.
“I (Emily, Cave’s wife) 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,” the statement said.
Connor McDavid, the captain of the Oilers, remembered Cave as a wonderful person. “Heavy heart today,” he tweeted Saturday. “You were an amazing person and always brought so much energy and positivity into the room and people’s lives. You will be deeply missed Caver. Sending all my love to Emily and the entire Cave family through this difficult time.”
Cave originally hailed from Battleford, Saskatchewan. While with the Oilers, Cave scored one goal out of 11 games this season. Cave also played for the Bruins. In total, he had four goals and five assists throughout the 67 games he played in the NHL.
“As an undrafted free agent from Saskatchewan, Colby chose the Bruins and once he came to our organization, he seized the opportunity and showed on and off the ice that he was a special hockey player and person,” Bruins president Cam Neely said in a statement. “He was, and will always be a Bruin, and he will be dearly missed by everyone who was lucky enough to know him.”
Cave’s Wife Mourned His Death on Instagram
On Instagram, Emily wrote that her heart was 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,” she wrote. “You are and will always be my person, my hero, the greatest thing to happen to me.”
Emily and Colby had not yet been married for one year. “I never dreamed of being a widow before our first wedding anniversary,” she wrote. “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.”
She finished her statement by saying they would see each other again. “I’ll see you again soon, Colb. You’ll be in heaven meeting me with a warm wet kiss,” Emily wrote. “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.”
Cave was placed in a medically induced coma on Tuesday at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto, The Canadian Press wrote. Doctors performed emergency surgery where they removed a colloid cyst that was causing pressure on his brain.
Emily took to Instagram on Wednesday where she said the family needed a miracle. “Colby’s parents and myself, got to see him through a window and talk to him with a walkie talkie last night. We are no longer allowed to be in the hospital because Covid-19 rules,” Emily wrote. “We have no idea when we will be allowed to see him again.”
“The nurse has tied his wedding band to his ankle,” she continued. “I am dreaming of being able to touch you, hear your voice, squeeze your hand (3 times), and kiss you again. I love you so much, and my heart is shattered into a million pieces without my best friend.”
The Sports World Mourns Cave
NHL legend Wayne Gretzky took to Twitter to mourn Cave’s untimely death. “Janet and I are so sad to hear of Colby’s passing. He was a wonderful hockey player with a bright future, but an even better person. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Emily and his entire family,” he tweeted.