EdmontonOilers.com is checking in with Oilers players and prospects in our Roster Reboot series as they discuss their summer activities and gear up for the 2019-20 season.
EDMONTON, AB - The weather looked grim, but the clouds cleared at the right time to allow Oilers forward Colby Cave and his wife Emily to tie the knot on a July afternoon near Niagara Falls.
"The lead-up got a little bit stressful making sure everything was in order," Cave, speaking with EdmontonOilers.com, admitted of their special day earlier this summer.
"I have to thank my wife for everything. She did 99 percent of the planning for the wedding, so I was making sure I could do anything to help. It was calling for rain, but the clouds parted and it turned out to be a beautiful day."
A week-long honeymoon in Mexico gave the couple a chance to recoup from the stress of the wedding before Colby's attention quickly reverted back to a new campaign with the Edmonton Oilers - a club that still feels new to the 24-year-old after he posted two goals and an assist in 33 games for the Blue & Orange last season after being claimed off waivers from the Boston Bruins in January.
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"Everybody in the whole organization treated my wife and I like gold, and we were just so happy about that. It made the transition a lot easier going to a new team where you don't know anybody," he said. "I kind of knew Edmonton, but my wife had never been there. Just little things like that make the transition a lot easier.
"As for the season, I wish I would've produced a little bit more. But at the same time I got a lot of playing time, I hopped in the lineup and had some responsibility right away. I'm just looking to build on that this coming season, and it obviously starts with a good training camp."
Despite being born and raised in Saskatchewan, the Cave's elected to spend the summer in Boston, Massachusetts - close where he spent three-and-a-half seasons as a member of the Bruins organization in Providence and Boston.
"We never really had a chance to stick around there in the summer," he said. "Obviously I'm grateful to come back to Edmonton, a little closer to home, but we thought we'd check it out.
"We heard really good things about the training facility out here and really wanted to see what it was all about. It's been going great. I train with a great group of guys down in Foxborough. Nowadays we're skating every day, but throughout the summer it was two or three times a week."
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Cave worked in close consultation with the Oilers training staff at the end of last season in order to build a training regimen that the 6-foot-1, left-shot forward believed would help him better prepare for the new campaign and what's billed to be a competitive training camp in September.
"I had a really good meeting with [Oilers Strength and Conditioning Coach Chad Drummond] about it at the end of the year," Cave said. "He gave me a couple of pointers on what I should be working on and sent me an email consisting of specific areas that I can work on. I took that to my trainer and we came up with a plan to help with that.
"The biggest thing for me is making sure I get my foot speed up. The NHL is the best league in the world for a reason, so just having that extra step to explode on loose pucks and catch people, it's very a very important attribute. Then, just working on everything else in my game. You can't practice enough. It's one of those things where you're always working."
Cave is giving he and his wife plenty of runway this summer ahead of their move to Edmonton, allowing plenty of time to get fully acclimated to the city that's still fresh in their minds by arriving before the calendar slips over to September.
"It just made sense for my wife and I to get there a little bit early and get settled," he said. "We got some things shipped up from Boston last year during the season, so we'll figure some of that stuff out. I think it'll set up perfectly for a good training camp."