Players, media share memories of Oilers forward Colby Cave

Edmonton Oilers forward Colby Cave died Saturday morning. He was 25. Cave’s family released a statement announcing the news.

“It is with great sadness to share the news that our Colby Cave passed away early this morning. I (Emily, Colby’s wife) 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.”

The Oilers released a statement reading, “We want to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends after the passing of our teammate Colby Cave earlier this morning. Colby was a terrific teammate with great character, admired and liked everywhere he played. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Emily, his family and friends at this very difficult time.”

Boston Bruins released statements from president Cam Neely, general manager Don Sweeney, head coach Bruce Cassidy, captains Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron and forward Jake DeBrusk.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman released a statement on the passing of Cave.

Remembrances flooded social media as the hockey world reacted to the news of Cave’s death.

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