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The legacy of Colby Cave will be remembered Thursday at TD Garden

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

BOSTON, MA - Thursday's game between the Edmonton Oilers and Boston Bruins is dedicated to the late Colby Cave.

Colby's former National Hockey League teams will unite to honour the hard-working forward and passionate human being, who left an indelible impression on every franchise he represented as well as each individual he met along the way.

In the Oilers dressing room, Colby's No. 12 jersey and a plaque are mounted as reminders of his time in Oil Country while Emily Cave has ensured his legacy lives on by establishing Colby's Kids, a program built to empower the next generation of players by making hockey accessible for families.

Video: RAW | Dave Tippett 11.10.21

"He's in your mind all the time," Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "He was a fine, fine young man that we lost too early."

Tippett regarded Colby as an exemplary player and person. He was a driven athlete, a caring teammate and a source of positivity in any room he entered. The Oilers coach first got acquainted with Colby when he attended rookie camp with the Coyotes organization but will never forget the impact he made when he was called up to the Oilers for a match against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2019-20 season.

"The one that sticks out in my mind is we won a big game in Pittsburgh and he scored a beautiful goal. Just seeing how happy he was and how happy everyone was for him, that's a great memory," Tippett said. 

"He was just a well-liked guy smiling all the time. A good teammate, good friend who fit in well. He was easy to get along with. Just a really good person."

Video: EDM@PIT: Cave drags puck across the crease for goal

Centre Ryan McLeod reveres Colby for the guidance he provided when he was transitioning into the professional game with the Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League. The two would go for dinners together and that's where Colby would impart his knowledge on the prospect, such as always having humility and being an optimistic individual. 

"It's obviously going to be a tough game to go over that memory again," McLeod said. "He was an unreal guy, always super happy and positive. We really miss him."

The pivot's greatest anecdote of Colby emerged during practice in Bakersfield. Condors Head Coach Jay Woodcroft ordered the team to skate laps at the end of the session and confusion over a quip that Colby made put McLeod in a sticky situation. 

Video: RAW | Ryan McLeod 11.10.21

"He kind of made a joke and our coach thought it was me saying it," McLeod recalled. "So, he made me lead the skate the whole time and that was kind of a tough spot for me to be in. After practice, he came to the coach and said it was him. He always wanted to be an honest guy and to make sure everyone was OK. Woodcroft was all good with it. He's a special guy."

Emily will be on hand at Thursday's game for the ceremonial puck-drop and proceeds from the Bruins 50/50 will be going to the Colby Cave Memorial Fund in what will be a special night regardless of which team comes out on top. 

At the end of the day, it's all for Caver.

"It's going to be a good night to celebrate his honour," McLeod added.

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