EDMONTON, AB - Oilers Captain Connor McDavid opened his video conference with media on Thursday by extending his well wishes to teammate Colby Cave.
The 25-year-old fellow forward is currently in a medically-induced coma at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto after he underwent emergency surgery on Tuesday to remove a colloid cyst that was causing pressure on his brain.
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McDavid said Cave is one of the toughest players he knows and the entire Oilers organization is sending him positive thoughts.
"This was devastating news," McDavid said. "Colby is such a strong guy. He's a good Saskatchewan boy and he's as tough as they come, so if anyone is going to be able to get through this, it's going to be Colby Cave.
"Everyone just needs to keep Colby, Emily his wife and the entire family in their thoughts and prayers and sending out good vibes to them. We pray that he can come out of this and pray that the family can get through it, because I can't imagine how hard it is on them as well."
Cave, who's from Battleford, SK, scored one goal in 11 games with the Oilers this season, as well as 11 goals and 12 assists in 44 games with the AHL's Bakersfield Condors.
He's played 67 career NHL games with Edmonton and the Boston Bruins, who signed him as a free agent following his Western Hockey League tenure with the Swift Current Broncos.