BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Fomer Condors player Colby Cave has died after a brain bleed.
Cave was placed in a medically induced coma on Tuesday in Toronto. The Condors are unsure what caused his brain bleed, but he underwent emergency surgery to remove a cyst that was causing pressure on the brain.
Cave played in 44 games with the Condors during the 2019-2020 season and scored 11 goals. He was promoted to the Edmonton Oilers and appeared in 11 games.
Condors head coach Jay Woodcroft released this statement on Saturday morning.
Heartbreaking news to end a very difficult week. Colby was just such a phenomenal person to be around. He was the epitome of what a professional hockey player should be: caring, driven, focused, and serious. Our thoughts and prayers continue to remain with Emily and the entire Cave family.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says Cave was "inspiringly emblematic of the best of our game.” Colby Cave was 25 years old.