The Oilers announced on Tuesday that forward Colby Cave, 25, was placed in a medically induced coma after suffering a brain bleed overnight. He was admitted to the critical care unit at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto.
"Please keep Colby & his wife Emily in your thoughts & prayers at this time," the tweet added.
#Oilers & @Condors forward Colby Cave has been placed in a medically-induced coma & admitted to the critical care unit at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto after suffering a brain bleed overnight. Please keep Colby & his wife Emily in your thoughts & prayers at this time.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) April 7, 2020
The Oilers released a statement saying Cave is out of emergency surgery after doctors removed a colloid cyst from his brain. He remains in a medically-induced coma.
UPDATE: #Oilers & @Condors forward Colby Cave is out of emergency surgery at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. Doctors removed a colloid cyst that was causing pressure on his brain. He remains in a medically-induced coma. Emily & his family ask for continued thoughts & prayers.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) April 7, 2020
Sportsnet's Mark Spector spoke with Cave's agent Jason Davidson, who told him his "condition has no links to COVID-19" or an accident. Spector also spoke with Oilers general manager Ken Holland who added that Cave was complaining of headaches and went to the hospital in Barrie, Ont., (where he was staying with the NHL on pause) before being transported to the hospital in Toronto.
“Colby is a great kid," Holland told Spector. "He’s a battler, a competitor and he’s respectful of people of the game. When we had to tell him to go down to the American League, he was disappointed but he was never down. He took it like a pro, went down there, played hard and we called him back up a few times.
“He’s a true battler.”
Signed as an undrafted free agent by the Bruins in 2015, Cave was acquired by the Oilers off waivers in January 2019. This past season, the Battleford, Sask., native spent 11 games with Edmonton and 44 games with the club's AHL team — the Bakersfield Condors — posting a combined 24 points.