Colby Cave, Oilers forward, dies at 25 after suffering brain bleed

Edmonton Oilers forward Colby Cave died Saturday morning after suffering a brain bleed on April 7, according to a statement released by his family. Cave was 25 years old. 

“It is with great sadness to share the news that our Colby Cave passed away early this morning,” Cave’s wife, Emily, wrote in a statement. “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 was airlifted to the Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto on Tuesday after suffering a brain bleed overnight. It was discovered that a colloid cyst was putting pressure on his brain and he underwent emergency surgery before being placed in a medically-induced coma in the hospital’s critical care unit. 

In an Instagram post shared Wednesday, Emily wrote that Cave needed “a miracle” while adding that the family was not allowed to physically be in the hospital room with him due to COVID-19 visiting guidelines. 

After entering the NHL with the Boston Bruins in 2017, Cave spent the past few seasons with the Oilers organization. The center split time between the Oilers and their minor-league affiliate, the Bakersfield Condors, this season, scoring one goal in 11 games for Edmonton.     

Shortly after the news of Cave’s passing on Saturday, many around the hockey world — including Cave’s former clubs and teammates — took to social media to remember him.

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