The Edmonton Oilers family lost one of its sons today.
Colby Cave passed away this morning. He had emergency surgery to address a brain bleed caused by a colloid cyst that was putting pressure on his brain.
Cave had 9 points in 67 NHL games with the Oilers and Bruins. Cave was picked up on waivers by the Oilers on January 15, 2019.
This is an absolute tragedy. Cave was enjoying an amazing part of his life. He was in the middle of a professional hockey career. He married his beautiful wife, Emily, on July 19, 2019. They got Chester, their adorable puppy, in September. The Cave’s journey together came to a tragic end just as it was truly getting started.
I didn’t know Colby, but I do know that he was a farm boy from Battleford, Saskatchewan and his roots never left him. When he spoke to the media during interviews, he was always classy and humble. Ryan Rishaug tweeted that Cave was beloved in any room that he was a part of, and that anyone that spoke of him spoke glowingly of his character. Rishaug also posted a story from an Oilers employee about Cave going to the staff office at the rink and giving everyone a hug every time he got recalled to the Oilers. It’s clear that he enjoyed every minute of his time with the Oilers.
They say that the good die young. Colby Cave is clear evidence of that awful reality.
Tragedies like this should make us take stock of our lives. We should be thankful for what we have because it can be gone in the blink of an eye. Truly enjoy the little things in life that bring us joy like the touch of a loved one or the laughter of a child because those are the things that we miss when they’re gone.
We should do everything that we can to turn our dreams into realities because we can never know when it will be too late. Go on that trip (once the pandemic is done with obviously). Apply for that job. Write that book. Do that thing that you’ve been wanting to do before it’s too late.
I can’t even begin to imagine the pain that Emily and the Cave family are going through right now. I give my deepest condolences to Emily and the rest of Cave’s family, his friends, and the Oilers family. RIP Colby Cave.