Sad news from the hockey world today. The NHL has faced its share of adversity this year, and it's now reached a personal level. Edmonton Oilers player Colby Cave passed away on April 11. He was only 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 wrote in a statement, "I (Emily) 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."
The hockey player had a colloid cyst that was putting pressure on his brain removed through emergency surgery on April 7, according to a report from CBC News. He went into a coma afterward.
The Edmonton Oilers expressed their condolences to the young player's family in a statement, writing "Colby was a terrific teammate with great character, admired and liked everywhere he played."
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney also expressed his condolences in a tweet.
"A heartbreaking loss for the @EdmontonOilers, the town of Battleford, SK, and the entire Western Canadian hockey community," Kenney wrote, "Condolences to Colby’s wife Emily and all of his family at this time. RIP."
Several other NHL teams also replied to the Edmonton Oilers message with support and kind messages.
A heartbreaking loss for the @EdmontonOilers, the town of Battleford, SK, and the entire Western Canadian hockey… https://t.co/DHtjVeNwsx— Jason Kenney (@Jason Kenney)1586618852.0
"The entire Maple Leafs organization is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Colby Cave. Our condolences are with Colby's family, teammates and everyone in the @EdmontonOilers organization," The Toronto Maple Leafs wrote on their official account.
The Oilers Alberta rivals, the Calgary Flames, tweeted "Our deepest condolences go out to Colby Cave's family, friends, and the Edmonton Oilers organization. Rest in peace."
The entire Maple Leafs organization is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Colby Cave. Our condolences are… https://t.co/iqKlBR7lmF— Toronto Maple Leafs (@Toronto Maple Leafs)1586617845.0
Our deepest condolences go out to Colby Cave's family, friends, and the Edmonton Oilers organization. Rest in peace.— Calgary Flames (@Calgary Flames)1586618366.0
Other teams that showed their support included the Pittsburgh Penguins, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus bluejackets, and the Colorado Avalanche.
@EdmontonOilers The Penguins join the hockey world in mourning the loss of Colby Cave. Our deepest sympathies go ou… https://t.co/JMIJ9uO5iO— Pittsburgh Penguins (@Pittsburgh Penguins)1586617460.0
@EdmontonOilers our hearts are with the Cave family, and the entire Oilers organization. Rest in Peace, Colby ♥️— Carolina Hurricanes (@Carolina Hurricanes)1586619442.0
@EdmontonOilers Our thoughts are with the Cave family and the entire Oilers organization during this difficult time. 💙🧡— Columbus Blue Jackets (@Columbus Blue Jackets)1586618569.0
@EdmontonOilers Our thoughts are with the family, friends and entire Oilers organization as we mourn the loss of a… https://t.co/wScejW2GXV— Colorado Avalanche (@Colorado Avalanche)1586619133.0
The remainder of the NHL season has been suspended due to the outbreak of COVID-19. However, according to CBC News, Cave's agent said the player's condition did not appear related to the virus.