The Boston Bruins and Edmonton Oilers will honor the late NHL forward Colby Cave before Thursday night’s game at Boston’s TD Garden.
Cave played for both teams before his death on April 11, 2020, caused by a brain hemorrhage. I was 25 years old.
“Colby was one of the most genuine kids I think I’ve ever coached,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said, according to NHL.com. “At a lower level is where you meet these guys, at 20, 21, I think it’s a little different when you’re in the minors and they have left home. They have to find their identity there, they are so young and you want to do the right thing for them as people and as players ”.
Due to COVID-19 precautions, the Oilers and Bruins did not meet in the shortest season, and Thursday’s meeting is the first between the teams since their deaths.
Cave’s widow, Emily, will participate in the record release ceremony. A commemorative video will also be shown.
Cave’s career began in Boston in the 2017-18 season, and the Oilers claimed him with exemptions from the Bruins on January 15, 2019.
In total, he played 67 career games, 23 with Boston and 44 with Edmonton, and scored nine points (four goals, five assists).
An auction of clubs used by both teams will benefit the Colby Cave Memorial Fund.