The NHL has been hit by tragedy. The Cave striker lost the fight for life
Edmonton's 25-year-old hockey player Colby Cave, who suffered a cerebral hemorrhage earlier this week, died today. Cave has been fighting for his life since Tuesday. With a sudden bleeding into his brain, he had to undergo an operation where surgeons had removed the cyst that pressed his brain. After a difficult procedure, doctors put him into artificial sleep. He did not wake up anymore.
“With the deepest grief, we announce Colby died early this morning. Our family is in shock, but we know Colby was loved by his family, as well as by his friends and hockey community. We thank everyone for praying for us in this difficult time, " the family wrote in a touching statement to the public.
Before the break of the season, Cave played 11 games in the NHL for Edmonton, and on the AHL farm he played 44 games in the Bakersfield jersey. In total, he has the NHL in the colors of Boston, who engaged him in 2015 as an undraft player, and Edmonton to play 67 games. He scored nine points for four goals and five assists.
He spent most of his career on a farm in AHL, where he worked as an assistant captain in Providence. He was well known for his teammates by Daniel Vladar, Jakub Zboril, David Krejcí or David Pastrnak, who scored his first NHL goal.
"Rest in peace. It's heartbreaking news. I was lucky to be your friend and teammate. You were always in a good mood and smile. I will never forget´´ wrote Pastrnak on his twitter account.
They couldn't go to the hospital either
Cave was admitted to Barrie Hospital on Monday for headaches, where he was taken to a clinic in Toronto the next day, where he was immediately subjected to surgery. During this, the doctors removed his colloid cyst, which pushed his brain.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Cave's close hockey players could not visit the hospital after surgery. Not even his wife Emily. "My heart is in a million pieces when my best friend can't be with me. We need a miracle," she wrote on Wednesday on a social network.
"He was a great hockey player with a great future, but an even better man," wrote legendary Wayne Gretzky, a former star of Edmonton, on the social network.
“A young boy with great passion. And with determination and respect for hockey. Besides, he was a genuine and polite man, full of life ... "recalls Patrice Bergeron, a Boston star.
“You've always been positively attuned, and with your smile you could make the cabin laugh. I enjoyed the time with you. Rest in peace, "wrote striker Austin Czarnik.