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Gretzky, Krug among those to send condolences to Cave family

Forward died from brain bleed, played three NHL seasons with Oilers, Bruins @NHLdotcom

Wayne Gretzky was among the numerous former and current NHL players to send condolences to the family of Colby Cave, the Edmonton Oilers forward who died Saturday, four days after he had surgery to remove a colloid cyst that was causing pressure on his brain. He was 25.

Gretzky, the top scorer in NHL history and an Oilers executive, knew Cave, who was claimed by Edmonton on waivers Jan. 15, 2019.

Tweet from @WayneGretzky: Janet and I are so sad to hear of Colby���s passing. He was a wonderful hockey player with a bright future, but an even better person. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Emily and his entire family. 🙏

Oilers captain Connor McDavid fondly remembered his former teammate for his energy and positivity.

Tweet from @cmcdavid97: Heavy heart today. You were an amazing person and always brought so much energy and positivity into the room and peoples lives. You will be deeply missed Caver. Sending all my love to Emily and the entire Cave family through this difficult time.

Bruins forward David Pastrnak, who assisted on Cave's first NHL goal against the Montreal Canadiens on Dec. 17, 2018, remembered his friend.

Tweet from @pastrnak96: Rest In Peace Caver ! Heartbreaking news I was Lucky enough to be your friend and teammate , you always had positive attitude with that smile of yours and I���ll always remember you..

Bruins defenseman Torey Krug, who was on the ice when Cave scored his first NHL goal, tweeted a video of the moment.

Tweet from @ToreyKrug: Rest In Peace, Colby. 🙏🏻

Cave, who was undrafted, scored one goal in 11 games with the Oilers this season and had 23 points (11 goals, 12 assists) in 44 games with Bakersfield of the American Hockey League. In three seasons with the Oilers and Bruins, he had nine points (four goals, five assists) in 67 NHL games.

"I'm very saddened by the news of Colby's passing this morning," Bruins center and former teammate Patrice Bergeron said. "He was a tremendous young man with passion, dedication and respect for the game of hockey. Beyond that he was genuine, respectful and always full of life. I'm glad our paths crossed, and I had the chance to get to know him. He will be dearly missed by all." 

Veteran NHL forward Milan Lucic played with Cave in Edmonton during the 2018-19 season. 

Tweet from @27MilanLucic: So sad to see my former linemate, teammate and most of all great guy leave us this morning. RIP caver

Oilers forward Tyler Benson played with Cave in the NHL and AHL this season and said he was heartbroken by the loss of his friend, whose locker was next to Benson's.

Tweet from @TylerBenson_17: Gone from us way too early. Was lucky enough to sit next to you all year in the dressing room always bringing a positive attitude and big smile to the rink. You were a warrior on the ice and a gentleman off it. Thanks for being a great teammate and friend. Rest In Peace Caver

Florida Panthers forward Frank Vatrano was roommates with Cave in Providence during their time in the AHL.

Tweet from @Frank_Vatrano: I will always miss our days together in providence. Best roommate you could ever ask for always picking up after @ACzarnik7 and I love you buddy RIP Caver

Calgary Flames forward Austin Czarnik played with Cave in the NHL and AHL from 2015-18 and remembered him for his positivity.

Tweet from @ACzarnik7: Rest In Peace caver, always enjoyed our time together. Was a pleasure and honor to play with you. You always had a positive mindset and could light a room with your smile and laugh. Praying for your family

Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk was Cave's teammate with Swift Current of the Western Hockey League for two seasons (2013-15) and the Bruins (2017-19).

"I'm so shocked and saddened to hear this horrible news," DeBrusk said. "It's hard to put my feelings into words. I was lucky to play junior hockey with Colby. He was our captain and leader. It was an unforgettable moment when we again played together in the NHL for the Boston Bruins. He was an amazing person, player and friend. Sending my deepest condolences to Emily and the Cave family. Rest in peace Colby."

New Jersey Devils defenseman Damon Severson, who grew up in Saskatchewan like Cave, called him "one of the best guys you'll ever meet."

Tweet from @dseves7: One of the best guys you���ll ever meet. Proud to call you a friend. From a fellow sasky boy, you will be missed dearly. Rest In Peace Caver. ������

Former Bruins teammates Anton Blidh and Ryan Donato shared photo tributes from their time with Cave.

Tweet from @bliddan: I���ll always love you brother. #RIP Colby

Tweet from @DonatoRyan: Blessed to call you a teammate and close friend. I know you���ll be always be watching over us. So grateful for the time we got to spend together. Rest In Peace Caver

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Blake Coleman said even those who never played with Cave respected him for the way he played.

Tweet from @BColes25: RIP Colby Cave... heartbreaking to hear the news this morning, he was always a player that competed hard and played the right way in my time playing against him. Thoughts and prayers to his family and loved ones during this time 🙏🏼

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