Edmonton Oilers forward Colby Cave has died at the age of 25. Cave was in a medically induced coma for five days after suffering a brain bleed.
Cave underwent emergency surgery on Tuesday with doctors removing a colloid cyst.
Colby Cave is missed by his wife Emily, who released an Instagram post on Wednesday. Her post stated the Cave family needed a “miracle” to keep him alive. She also posted a statement this morning saying “my heart is shattered” and “You’ll be in heaven meeting me with a warm wet kiss”.
Cave was born and raised in Battleford, Saskatchewan. He served as the captain of the Swift Current Broncos for two years from 2013-2015. He would go on to sign his first pro contract with the Boston Bruins in 2015 after going undrafted.
Cave eventually got put on waivers and got claimed by the Edmonton Oilers, where he put up four points in 44 games and was well liked in the Oilers organization. After getting sent down earlier this year to the Bakersfield Condors, Cave had 23 points in 44 games.
Earlier this year, Cave knocked out Stockton Heat forward Martin Pospisil during a fight but went out of his way to text Pospisil after the game, wishing him a quick recovery.
Many NHL players took to twitter to mourn the passing of Cave.
Rest in peace Colby.