BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — It's been just over a month since the hockey world lost Colby Cave. The 25-year-old Condor was called an "excellent player and even better person" by hockey legend Wayne Gretzky.
On Tuesday, former teammates Tyler Benson and Stuart Skinner told media what they remember about Cave and what they'll miss.
“He’s just one of those guys that was always going to be by your side supporting you no matter where you are as a team or individually," Skinner said. "I think he’s there to have your back.”
Cave had an infectious energy about him according to multiple people who knew him. For Benson, he remembers this about Cave.
“He always had a big smile on his face and a positive attitude that was infectious to the whole room.”
Cave began his career in the Boston Bruins organization where he had NHL experience and was in his first season with the Condors. Wherever he was playing, he loved to be around the game.
“Every time he was at the rink, he was just the hardest worker around, no matter where it was," he said. "Edmonton, where I was able to play a few games with him, or Bakersfield, he didn’t care where he was, he was always showing up to work as hard as he can.”
The Condors say when their new campaign begins, there will be plenty of ways to honor their former player. In the meantime, they ask that you support the Colby Cave Memorial Fund which emphasizes mental health initiatives and provides access to sports for underprivileged youth.