EDMONTON, AB - Emily Cave, the Cave Family, the Gill Family, and the Oilers organization will host a Celebration of Life for Oilers forward Colby Cave, who passed away suddenly and tragically last April.
The Celebration of Life will be hosted at Rogers Place on Saturday, April 10 at 11:00 AM MT and will be streamed live on EdmontonOilers.com as well Oilers social media channels.
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Cave made a lasting impact both on and off the ice with the Oilers and the AHL's Bakersfield Condors, and before that with the Boston Bruins organization and the WHL's Swift Current Broncos. Cave was a consummate professional, well-respected by teammates and opponents alike. He was also a committed and positive member of the communities in which he played, eagerly volunteering for charitable initiatives and always stopping to say hi to fans.
"It is hard to believe that it has been almost a year since I lost my best friend and husband. This past year, has been the most difficult year of my life but I thank everyone for your continued love, prayers, and support," said Emily Cave. "Since Colb passed, all I wanted as his wife was to give him the ceremony he deserved. Although this is never how I imagined my husband's Celebration of Life, almost exactly a year later, and still with limited numbers, this will help bring people from all over together, virtually, to remember Colb that weekend. I am incredibly grateful for the Oilers helping me put this together for Colb.
"He would love people coming together in a COVID-safe way and I appreciate all the people that will joining us virtually on April 10. Thank you again for the continued prayers, and support. They mean more than you'll ever know."
Emily Cave has asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be directed to the Colby Cave Memorial Fund.
Proceeds from the fund will go toward community programs with an emphasis on mental health initiatives and providing access to sports for underprivileged children. The Edmonton Oilers 2nd Shift program introduced in 2019 will be rebranded to Colby's Kids to honour the memory and legacy of Cave by providing opportunities for underrepresented youth to participate in the game of hockey.
Colby's Kids will also partner with CASA Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health off the ice in support of mental health initiatives. CASA is a major community-based provider of mental health and addiction services for infants, children, adolescents and their families in Edmonton and Central and Northern Alberta. CASA provides assessment and treatment services for approximately 4,000 infants, children and adolescents from birth to age 18 each year.
"It is an incredible honour to have established Colby's Kids with the Oilers," said Emily Cave. "Our partnership with CASA and the rebrand of the 2nd Shift program mean more than words could ever describe. We couldn't have picked a better fit for two things that were incredibly special to Colb and myself - bringing awareness and support to mental health initiatives and helping underrepresented children. I know this is something that Colb would love and be really proud of. I'm looking forward to helping children and their families through many special projects at CASA. The hockey community is a special family and being able to provide underrepresented children and their families the ability to be apart of it is incredibly special. I would like to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart who has supported me and donated to Colb's memorial fund this past year. Thank you for helping me continue my husband's legacy."
The Cave and Gill families wish to thank everyone for their outpouring of support over the past year and invite the public to join the virtual celebration to honour Colby. Links to the Celebration of Life live stream will be shared with the public on the morning of April 10.
The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation will also host a specialty night of the RE/MAX online 50/50 raffle to honour the legacy of Colby Cave. The Colby Cave specialty night will take place during a home game in April and net proceeds generated will benefit the Colby Cave Memorial Fund with further details soon to be announced.