Colby Cave Death – Dead: Colby Cave Obituary, Cause of Death
The Edmonton Oilers honored late forward Colby Cave, who died in April at the age of 25, before their exhibition game Tuesday against the Calgary Flames. The team had a moment of silence and played a heartbreaking tribute video to celebrate Cave and his tragically brief life and career.
Cave had emergency surgery in to remove a colloid cyst that was putting pressure on his brain. He died four days after the surgery following complications that included a brain bleed and being in a medically induced coma at a Toronto hospital.
The Oilers’ tribute video included photos of Cave in his hockey gear as a child, as well as videos of him on the ice, including scoring his first NHL goal when he was playing for the Boston Bruins. He played three seasons in the NHL for only the Oilers and Bruins.
The exhibition matchup Tuesday was the Oilers’ first game since their teammate’s death after the NHL season, like the rest of the sports world, was put on hold in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
But the team has been honoring and celebrating Cave in other ways as well. For Edmonton’s intrasquad scrimmage Saturday, the players all wore Cave’s No. 12. The jerseys will be auctioned off to raise money for the Colby Cave Memorial Fund, which was started by the late player’s family and the team and will support “community programs, with an emphasis on mental health initiatives and providing access to sports for underprivileged children,” CBC reported.