By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
As the NHL is on pause due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the league has lost one of its young players. Colby Cave has passed away.
The Edmonton Oilers player suffered a brain bleed earlier in the week in Canada. He was 25.
“It is with great sadness to share the news that our Colby Cave passed away early this morning,” the Cave family said in a statement. “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.”
Cave went into a medically induced coma on Tuesday, according to the USA Today Sports. He underwent emergency surgery to help relieve the pressure from a colloid cyst that he had in his brain.
His wife Emily previously said on Instagram on Wednesday that her husband needed a miracle. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Cave was not able to have any visitors at the hospital.
He played nearly three full seasons in the NHL. He began his career with the Boston Bruins, before being claimed off waivers on January 15, 2019 by the Oilers.
In his two-plus-years in the league, he appeared in 44 games with the Oilers. He had three goals and one assist for four points. He also had a -7 +/- and 12 PIM.
In addition, he also appeared in 23 games for the Bruins. He had one goal and four assists for five points. Cave also had -1 +/- and 10 PIM.
“On behalf of the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club and the Bakersfield Condors, we wanted to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends after the passing of our teammate Colby Cave earlier this morning,” the Oilers said in a statement. “Colby was a terrific teammate with great character, admired and liked everywhere he played. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Emily, his family and friends at this very difficult time.”
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