Colby Cave’s family thanks hockey community for its support

Colby Cave. (Gene J. Puskar/CP/AP)

Since Colby Cave‘s tragic passing, there has been an outpouring of support for his family.

The hockey world collectively mourned as one. A lineup of vehicles stretching several kilometres along a Saskatchewan highway greeted the late Cave’s family on Monday, as they returned home from Toronto. The Edmonton Oilers, Cave’s last NHL team, helped create the Colby Cave Memorial Fund in his honour — which will support mental health initiatives and programs providing access to sports for underprivileged children, and will be led by Cave’s wife, Emily.

On Thursday, the Cave family released a statement thanking friends, family and the hockey community for their support during this time.

“There are no words to comfort a grieving family with a loss such as this,” the statement read. “Yet, our community, our friends, and our family, found a way to wrap themselves around us, without saying a word.

“People that impacted Colb’s life seemed to stand out like beacons… teachers, hockey coaches, babysitters, buddies, and his family. We are so sad, and so broken for all of you too.

“Colb’s competitive nature always fuelled a drive to want to be better, and do better, in every aspect of his life; certainly what we are most proud of. To know that others recognized and admired those same qualities in Colby, makes us even more proud.”

Cave, who hailed from Battleford, Sask., was placed in a medically-induced coma last week. He underwent emergency surgery with doctors removing a colloid cyst that was causing pressure on his brain but did not wake up. He was 25.

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