Oilers Announce Forward Colby Cave Has Tragically Passed Away at 25

Edmonton Oilers forward Colby Cave
Edmonton Oilers forward Colby Cave / Claus Andersen/Getty Images

The NHL community has suffered a devastating loss.

The Edmonton Oilers tragically confirmed that forward Colby Cave passed away Saturday morning due to complications from the brain bleed he suffered earlier this week. He 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, said in a statement. "I and 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."

On Tuesday, Cave was rushed to Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto where he underwent emergency surgery to replace a colloid cyst that was causing pressure on his brain. The young Oiler had been in a medically-induced coma.

To make this development all the more tragic is the fact that, in following with the COVID-19 guidelines, Emily and the rest of Cave's family weren't permitted to visit him in the hospital.

This is as heartbreaking as it gets, and we send our sincerest condolences to Cave's family during this trying time.