By: Max Mainville | Check me out on Twitter @tkdmaxbjj
Today, April 7th, 2020, the Edmonton Oilers organization made an announcement that forward Colby Cave had suffered a brain bleed overnight and has been placed in a medically-induced coma in addition to being admitted to the critical care unit at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Cave, 25, was signed to an entry-level contract by the Boston Bruins exactly five years ago on April 7th, 2015. Cave had just come off four full seasons with the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League (WHL), where he scored 95 goals and 107 assists for 202 points in 286 games. Cave had also served as the captain of the team for the two years before signing with the Bruins, earning the team’s most valuable player award as well.
The North Battleford, Saskatchewan native only played a combined 23 regular-season games with the Boston Bruins, including 20 games during the 2018-19 campaign where he scored one goal and four assists for five points. It was with the Providence Bruins, the Boston Bruins’ AHL affiliate, where he had the most success in the franchise.
With Providence, Cave scored 43 goals and 72 assists for 115 points in 238 games including time as the assistant captain. However, on January 15th, 2019, the Bruins placed Colby Cave on waivers only for the Edmonton Oilers to pick him marking the end of Cave as a member of the Bruins organization.
Cave finished the year in Edmonton with 2-1-3 totals in 33 games and played 11 games in the 2019-20 season scoring only one goal. The 6-foot-1, 201-pound forward put up 11-12-23 numbers in 44 games with the Bakersfield Condors of the AHL before the sporting world came to an abrupt pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We here at the blackngoldhockey.com website send our best wishes to Colby and his entire family during this time and we keep him in our thoughts as he fights to make a full and speedy recovery. The entire hockey community stands strong with Colby.