The hockey world awoke today to some tragic news. After fighting for his life in the hospital this week Colby Cave passed away this morning. Colby was rushed to the hospital earlier this week with a bleed in his brain. He was then rushed into emergency surgery to have a colloid cyst removed that was putting pressure on his brain. Cave was placed in a medically induced coma with the hope it would allow his brain to recover. Sadly this was not the case, and he passed away at just twenty five years old.
Cave was an undrafted free agent signing made by the Bruins back in 2015. The majority of his time in the Bruins organization was spent in the AHL where he played 239 games and scored 115 points. During those five seasons in Providence Cave was an Alternate Captain for three of them, showing his leadership ability even at such a young age.
Colby was called up to the Bruins last season and even played some top-line minutes with Bergeron out of the lineup. The first goal of Cave’s career came on December 17 2018 in a 4-0 victory over Montreal. Colby would play twenty games for the Bruins that season, scoring five points. His coaches all said he looked right at home in the NHL, never letting the moment get too big. Unfortunately, when the Bruins went to move Cave back to the AHL he was claimed off waivers by the Edmonton Oilers.
Colby would finish the season with the Edmonton Oilers playing in 33 more NHL games. During this season the center had spent most of his time in the AHL, playing for the Oilers affiliate the Bakersfield Condors. In 44 AHL games Cave had scored 23 points, and even got called up the the NHL again. Playing in eleven NHL games this season Cave was able to score one goal, the fourth of his NHL career.
Our deepest and most heartfelt condolences go out to the Cave family and their friends during this difficult and tragic time. No one knows when their time will come to an end, and it's all of our jobs to make what time we have the best it can be. Cave was praised by former coaches as one of the nicest most genuine guys in the room. His loss is not only felt by the hockey community but by all of us who could use more individuals like him in our lives. I would like to end this with just a final thought and that's to let someone know you care about them. With everyone pretty much locked down and everyone worried about something, a simple phone call with some loving words can make someone's day.
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